Well here is my magnolia challenge I had fun doing this one, as we dont really celebrate Halloween here in Australia its interesting as I had a few comments on different views on the celebration of Halloween and then I called it hallows eve and somebody looked at me as if I was weird, as I could not explain in-depth as to why I called it that, I researched it a little so under my pictures is a short version of what I like about Hallows Eve.I Have used Purple, Orange cardstock and Black pattern paper with lots of layering
Its Hard to capture everything on the card especially when you use transparency
The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows’ Even – e’en is a shortening of even, which is a shortening of evening. This is ultimately dervied from the Old English Eallra Hālgena ǣfen.
Halloween is a holiday observed on October 31, primarily in regions of the Western world. Was popularized in America after Irish immigrants brought it to the United States in 1846
Halloween’s origins are from the ancient Gaelic festival known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in or sau-an), which is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”. A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced kalan-geyf). The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.
It could be seen as a festival of the dead. The ancient Gaels believed that the border between this world and the other world became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.
Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.