Saturday, October 14, 2006

Where did we get this celebration called Hallowe'en?

Come see the special Halloween exhibition, The Haunted Museum open from October 13-31st, 12-6pm at the West Vancouver Museum!

The farther we have gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we seem to need a connection to the culture of Hallowe’en. It is a festival of fantasy, a celebration of otherness, the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favour of the bizarre, and anyone can become anyone or anything they wish. At its core, Hallowe’en is a chance to confront our most primal fear -- death -- and attempt to control it or, at the very least, mock it. Ancient beliefs, religious meanings, and a multitude of ethnic influences on popular culture have combined to continually make Hallowe’en a booming commercial industry, as well as a beloved holiday.

Through artefacts, old newspaper clippings and multi-media presentations let us take you on a journey back through the story of one of the oldest holidays. As it is the second most popular holiday to Christmas in North America, millions celebrate the holiday each year - maybe without even knowing its origins. Some view Hallowe’en as a time for fun, friends and family. Others still see its superstitious nature or ties to the deceased. Whatever your point of view, you cannot deny the fascinating nature of the story of Hallowe’en.


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