I am writing this on the Eve of All Hallows, that night before All Saints’ Day. Over a thousand years ago, early Christians prayed on this eve for protection from evil. They wanted protection from the coming dark time.
On Nov. 1st or All Saints Day, they prayed for all saints known and unknown. On Nov. 2nd or All Souls Day, they prayed for all souls and for mercy. Some churches celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday and some celebrate the days jointly.
In this photo from a Polish news services, it shows how people make offerings and light candles all over the country to remember and honor the dead. Here is the link, if you want to learn some more about All Saints and All Souls Days in Poland. http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/117206,Poland-illuminated-on-All-Saints-Day
On a family note, we celebrated Halloween with a quiet dinner party of make your own tacos, which was followed up by decorate your own cupcakes. We also had yummy chocolate mummy cookies. One of our guests was an adorable pixie masquerading as Tinkerbell. Some small faeries can really carry off wearing green. She had left her wings in the other room.
Oh, by the way, on Sunday most of the USA will be changing back to Standard Time, falling back one hour for fall. I will celebrate with an extra hour of sleep. It will be nice not to get up in the dark. If you are in an affected time zone, but sure to fix your clocks on Saturday night.
Yesterday I announced a contest on my interview by Stacy Hoff. The contest ends on Nov. 2nd at noon Eastern Time. I am giving away one ebook copy of VAMPIRE KING OF NEW YORK in the winner’s choice of format-Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. To enter be sure to comment in the comment box. Contest void where prohibited by law. Good luck everyone!
All the best for a fun and joyous weekend for all souls.
Susan Hanniford Crowley