Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Old~fashioned Halloween wishes!
If you look into Halloween, you will discover that many of our traditions date back to the Victorians. Halloween for them was a time of parties and matchmaking. Card giving was always important and Halloween was no exception. I have mentioned the book "Halloween ~ Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear" by Diane C. Arkins in a previous post. It is a wonderful book containing not only the pretty postcards she has found but also information about the traditions and games of the turn of the century. Isn't it a shame we don't revive the old traditions of this holiday.
One of the traditions was bobbing for apples. There were fun matchmaking myths connected to this game. Here is an excerpt from the book talking about just one of the many myths that Diane Arkins describes:
"An apple caught on the very first attempt represented a true love that would be returned in kind. Those captured on subsequent tried represented fickleness or, ultimately, a sign from Fate to target a different suitor. The apple prizes could then either be placed beneath their captors' pillow - to inspire sweet dreams of a lover, naturally! - or cut open, their seeds counted to telling rhymes like these:
One seed, a journey,
Two seeds, a wealth.
Three seeds, true love,
Four seeds, health.
Five seeds, a quarrel.
Six seeds, fame.
Seven seeds, betrothal.
Eight, a new name.
Nine seeds, travel,
Ten seeds, a ring.
Eleven seeds a fortune,
To you will bring. ~~ The Giant Hallowe'en Book, 1934"
I hope you will take some time to really look at the vintage postcards I have shared with you here and perhaps search for more online. Halloween is so much more than the scary side it has become.
I wish all my blogging friends a very Happy Halloween!
"No Will-o'-the-Wisp mislight thee;
Nor snake, or slow-worm bite thee:
But on, on thy way
Nor making a stay,
Since ghost there's none to affright thee."
~~ Robert Herrick ~~
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