HALLOWEEN IN ROMANIA ST.ANDREWS

About this project

Customs and superstitions gathered through the ages go into our celebration of Halloween,or "Holy Eve",on October 31.The day is so named because it is the eve of the festival of All Saints,but many of the beliefs and observances connected with it arose long before the Christian Era ,in the autumn festivals of pegan peoples.

The ancient Druids had a three-day celebration at the beginning of November. On the eve before ,they believed ,spirits of the dead roamed abroad,and they lighted bofires to drive them away.In ancient Rome the festivals of Pomona, goddess of fruits and gardens ,occurred at about this time of the year .It was an occasion of rejoicing associated with the harvest ;and nuts and apples ,as symbols of the winter store of fruit, were roasted before huge bonfires. Even after November 1 became a Christian feast day, honoring all saints, the peasants clug to the old pagan beliefs and customs that had grown up about Halloween .It became a night of mystery and fun making,with many picturesque superstitions.Folk came to believe that they could fortell the future on that night by performing such rites as jumping over lighted candles.In the British Isles great bonfires blazed.Laughing bands of "guisers," young people disguised in grotesque masks and carrying lanterns carved from turpins,gathered in each village.Their rollicking fun and cherished superstitions are described in Robert Burns's famous poem"Halloween," Halloween celebrations today keep many of these early customs unchanged.Young and old still gather to hunt nuts and to duck for apples bobbing in a tub of water.Grinning pumpkin jack-o"-lanterns,rustling cornstalks,and white -sheet figures create an air of mystery,and black paper witches and cats are used for party decorations.

Halloween is a favourite"special day"for school celebrations,when people hold costume parties, play old -fashioned games,and give clever plays and pageants based on the ancient customs. Frequently whole communities gather for a Halloween festival,as did the villagers of earlier days.

IS HALLOWEEN WOLF'S DAY?

In this project we presented Halloween traditions and superstitions, Halloween customs in Romania St Andrews photos from our Halloween party, drawings and stories written by children both from England and Romania

Even if Halloween means "Holy Saints, many beliefs and customs connected with it arose long before Christian Era, in the autumn festivals of pagan people.

Romanian St. Andrews is celebrated on the 30th of November. This celebration is also called "Luparia", or "The days of the wolf", because in this day and night wolves become more agile and nothing can escape them...

The drawings and the stories you can read in our project are really scary. If you want to find more about Halloween, St Andrews, ghosts, phantoms, spectres or anything of this kind, we invite you to read our project.

To the stories and the drawings