Happy Halloween! by New York Feng Shui consultant
Halloween is the one of the oldest and top most celebrated holidays today. Do you know why we choose to dress up and paint our faces and look scary or why we go trick-or-treating?
How do you view Halloween? Do you feel it is a time to stay in and avoid "evil" spirits? or a time to just have fun! :)
Halloween is on October 31st, which is the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday to honor those who have passed. Halloween is referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
Different cultures from around the world took part in celebrating Halloween. Looking to the history books you will discover the Egyptians took part in this practice as well. The roots lay in the feast of Samhian, which was annually on October 31st to honor the dead, celebrate the "end to summer", and give thanks to a plentiful year ahead for harvesting.
Video staring, Adam, Skylar, Spanky and Laura
Many believed that the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Not all spirits were thought to be friendly so gifts and treats were left out to keep away "bad" spirits from entering the home.
- This practice turned into trick-or-treating.
People would paint their faces and dress up to be as hideous as possible so that spirits would not choose to connect with their soul.
- This practice turned in wearing customs to go trick-or-treating or to a happening Halloween party :)
Feng Shui NY consultant Laura Cerrano dressed in custom as a Zombie
I remember growing up my mother would always tell me to stay in on All Hollows Eve, she felt uneasy. Every year she would tell me stories about White witches (those who wish to help heal others) and Black witches (those with not the best intentions in mind) journeying into the streets on that particular evening to do their "work".
There are many versions about the origins and old customs of Halloween. Various cultures view Halloween somewhat differently but, traditional Halloween practices remain the same.
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Everyone!!
*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since graduating from the Country's very first School for Feng Shui Studies that was licensed and accredited in 1997. Carole provides on site Feng Consultations Long Island NY, Queens New York and New York City -Hamptons NY.
New York Feng Shui Manhattan New York City Manhattan NYC Consultant Laura Cerrano is a Second Generation Certified Feng Shui Consultant who has trained with Feng Shui Long Island and Masters from across the Country including Shamans to incorporate Native American beliefs and Space Clearings into her Feng Shui Consulting Firm, Feng Shui Manhattan New York City NY. After co-consulting on site for many years Laura began her own business in 2000 and has a strong client base in New York City, New York, Long Island NY, Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey and the rest of the New York Tri-State area.