So I’ll just write an introductory post. It’s in English I’m afraid. I’d really like other people to comment. I don’t know if I’m talking rubbish. I’ll try and include a few images although I’ve not got anything really specific that I photographed at all this year.
In our family we celebrate Halloween. I personally have never particularly enjoyed it or been interested in it having been brought up with Guy Fawkes and understood Halloween as an American importation with very powerful commercial drivers. However my children really love it. And I’ve grown to see why.
Living in an area where Roma people moved in from about 12 years ago, it was really clear that Roma children responded very well to Halloween. They really enjoyed it, went around the houses and asked for sweets and seem to know what was going on.
This year, the level of participation of Roma families was absolutely brilliant. The kids were dressed up fantastically accompanied by their parents, going around in groups to the houses that they knew celebrated Halloween. My partner put on a really good show which involved basically scaring everybody at the beginning by leaping out from the dark dressed as a witch. It was great.
It suddenly hit me. And it’s obvious to say. That Halloween is mapping itself onto the Mikulas celebration. There is a nominally evil character, a bad figure that frightens children. But this figure is replaced by the gift giver, the dispenser of sweets.
The ritual is recognised, known and celebrated brilliantly by everybody together.
So to finish this short post. I started to wonder what the historical connection was between the stories of St Nicholas and Chert, Halloween and all Saints Day.
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