There seems to be a bit of "interest" generated by folk about
Halloween, dressing up, traditions and what has all this got to do with
Scottish country dance, anyway?
There seems to be a feeling from European posters that the Americans
are doing "it" again (ie telling them how to have fun) and foisting their
ways upon the rest of the world. Not true. The tradition CAME from the old
world, the Brittish Isles no less (hence a SCD connection?) and the
Americans have only taken it to absurdity.
Since living in Germany I've noticed that there is a functional
equivalent to Halloween here. But they do it in spring and call it "Mardi
Gras" (ein altes Deutsches Wort ;-). The stores are full of the same
costumes (most of which come from China) and masks. We've even been
invited to masked and costume parties (in March, not October), by other
than SCD associates.
Seems to me about the biggest difference is the time of year and that
one is a bit closer to it's pagan roots than the other. However, it
appears to me that the origins of both celebrations are buried so deeply
in antiquity that, mostly, now a days, it's simply an excuse to throw off
the weight of the world and play.
If one wants to play, and dance one should. If that is not one's
style, then they should do as they see fit, but not criticize those who
can still play.
(the above is solely the opinion of the author, her spouse reserves the
right of his own opinion)
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