> You obviously grew up in England or Wales, Martin. >Halloween is very much a Scottish tradition.
Quite correct; my parents were living in London by the time I arrived on
the scene, so I never saw any Scots kids dressing up, well can't remember
seeing anyway. But I'll take your word for it, Jim, and admit my mistake
>I also take issue that Halloween is not European.
I meant halloween as is now feted in certain countries. Obviously the event
has long appeared on the European church calendar, and undoubtedly
corresponds to something even older than Christianity. The fact that
something is going from 31 oct to 5 nov (Guy Fawkes) is a good indication
of the age of the events lthat were later appropriated and renamed by
church or politics.
> The two great >Satanic feasts are Halloween (the Eve of All Hallows) and Walpurgis >(May Day Eve) when witches and warlocks gathered in great Sabbats >and the Lord of Misrule ruled.
Pure imagination ! Superstitious rot ! (nothing personal)
> (...) 2 November (All Souls) when families went to the graves of their >ancestors.
Quite true. But in France, All Souls and All Saints have become confused in
the popular mind, and I too ofrgot the distinction when I was writing. It
is easier to visit cemeteries on an offical holiday than on a working day,
and the French often travel considerable distances to wherever their family
graves may be -- usually with some sort of family reunion for good measure
(with the living members, let me hasten to add).