Another year, another halloween
Beliefs, practices and rituals become culture that evolves
Yesterday was another Halloween. My last post was in 2021, the COVID edition of it, written two years ago today. This is a time of change in season. Wrapping up the summer to enter the forthcoming winter season. A nice way to celebrate the entry, especially for little kids and children who enjoy the candy journey.
We had a lot of fun, me being a passive participant in the event - the actual decorations and candy distribution were handled by my wife and daughters who enjoyed it a lot. Another participant in the event was our dog, Kobe, now in his elder years - especially when we keep wondering whether he would be around for the next one. A dark but indeed realistic thought in which we are forced to accept the way of the world of life.
I wonder to think about these festivals and events. How it brings together people - different origins, genres, beliefs, journies - yet common in their love of preparing for Halloween, organizing decorations, and distributing candy with love. And end up supporting the community and each other. Establishing social cohesiveness and bonds. The evolving culture is such a wonderful thing though the beliefs and reasons behind the participation vary. Of course, Halloween didn’t start this way, but it has evolved into whatever it is now. A social event that brings together people in a subtle way that a lot of other holiday events don’t.
It was wonderful to enjoy the joy of the giving and see the joy in the receiving, especially in the context of the world around us - the horror stories from Ukraine, Israel, and Gaza recently and elsewhere in the world where pain still lives on.
But for me and the rest of our family, we will take the small joy we get from this every year. Anytime.