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Halloween

Halloween

  • Can you please do Halloween as this weeks blog?!
  • Maybe put some autumn wreaths how to make in there??
  • Origins of Halloween
  • Halloween traditions: Pumpkins, trick or treating, costumes
  • Autumnal flowers
  • Autumn wreaths

 

Origins of Halloween

 

The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honour all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. It’s celebrated by Western Christians and non-Christians all around the world.

 

Meaning of Halloween:

 

"Hallow"- or holy person- refers to the saints celebrated on All Saints' Day, which is November 1. The "een" part of the word is a contraction of "eve", or evening before. So basically, Halloween is just an old-fashioned way of saying "the night before All Saints' Day" -also called Hallowmas or All Hallows' Day.

 

Halloween Traditions:

 

Pumpkin Carving:  Celts believed that from dusk on October 31 until the dusk of November 1, souls of those who had died that year would pass on, meaning it was also when ghosts would be most present. To ward away evil spirits, people placed carved jack-o'-lanterns on porches and in windows. Their creations were made from carved turnips, beets, or potatoes with burning lumps of coal inside them to add light.

 

Trick or Treating: During some Celtic celebrations of Samhain, villagers disguised themselves in costumes made of animal skins to drive away phantom visitors; banquet tables were prepared and food was left out to placate unwelcome spirits.

In later centuries, people began dressing as ghosts, demons and other malevolent creatures, performing antics in exchange for food and drink. This is not only where trick or treating originates from, but also Halloween costumes.

 

Autumnal Wreaths:

 

Autumnal wreaths have grown increasingly popular during the past few years. They look amazing on any kitchen table, and create a beautiful seasonal effect.

 

Flowers you could include:

  • Crocus
  • Dahlia
  • Nerine
  • Gladiolus
  • Begonia
  • Snowdrop
  • Winter Aconite

 

Tutorial:

 

You will need:

 

  1. Look round your back garden, visit the local florist or supermarket or even the local park for some lovely autumn foliage. Branches, leaves, berries- the flowers and main stems will be added later.
  2. Soak your oasis first until it's full and feels heavy. Then start off by adding your foliage. Go around the circle in one direction, pushing the stems of your branches so they all mostly lie facing the same way, you can add a bit of texture by alternating it every now and then. 
  3. Take your flower stems, trim them at an angle so they are about 8cm long and push them into your oasis. Do plan how you want it to look beforehand though to save damaging the flowers and the oasis by pulling them out – think about whether you want flowers dispersed all around the wreath or in clusters. 
  4. Then all that is left is to hang your wreath; just use some twine or get some decorative ribbon to wrap round the top. Or, of course, you could use it as an autumnal table centrepiece or hang it on a wall indoors.