>On 1st november, perhaps not everywhere, but in southern Europe, we used to >visit ancestors' tombs, tidy them up, trim the plants, add a flower or two; >now we are expected to remember witches and pretend to believe in magic. Is >that unglorious aspect of social and ecclesiastical history really a >subject for revelry?
I think this is generally true in continetal Europe, where the feast of
All Hallows (the Feast of the Dead) is widely celebrated like this
(perhaps other Europeans can confirm). In Sweden, where it gets dark
early, the graves are decorated with candles - very beautiful and
I agree entirely with Martin about the deplorable spread of trivial
culture, driven by the financial greed of greetings card publishers,
vendors of rubbishy gifts, and so on. Surely, none of this has anything
to do with 'enjoying yourself'?
In Australia, copying the US as ever, Halloween is gaining ground, though
the heat (it's coming up summer) means that the witches cloak gets a bit
stuffy - need to wear your swimmers underneath!