September 27th, 2005

Samhain サウーウェン

Journal for 2005-9-27 Tue..
Weather: Sunny   Plan: Akagi JHS

Today was really busy. I worked all day. I had two classes in the morning, and after that I had to write a short essay to use in the 9th grade elective English class. Then, I had to create some food picture cards with our new laminator. When that was done, I had to translate an article about Halloween for the local Iinan newsletter. Feel free to read it:
Have you ever wondered how Halloween began? The origins of today's celebrations on October 31st marks the beginning of the Celtic new year when the crops were harvested to prepare food for the long, dark winter. October 31st was also the eve of the festival of Samhain. Samhain was a joyful harvest festival that marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one. It was a time for paying homage to the sun god Baal who had provided the people with ripened grain for the upcoming winter. The Samhain festival marked the transition from life to death, and because the lives of the Celts were deeply intertwined with nature, the death of the world around them became associated with human death. It was believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead were thinnest on Samhain. Therefore, the living were able to communicate with their deceased loved ones, but both good and evil spirits were able to travel between the worlds. To scare the evil spirits away, the Celts dressed up in ghoulish costumes and paraded around their neighborhoods. They also carved faces into turnips and lit them with candles. In the United States turnips were replaced with pumpkins. That is why the pumpkin is widely regarded as a symbol of modern-day Halloween. Let's enjoy Halloween together!

天気: 晴 行事: 赤来中


Today's Kanji
Meaning (意味): family

Chinese Reading (音読み):
Reading Romaji 
Vocabulary (単語):
Word Reading Romaji Translation 
遺族いぞくizokubereaved family
民族みんぞくminzokufolk customs
暴走族ぼうそうぞくbousouzokuclub of rabble-rousing reckless-driving delinquents

Trevor Lalish-Menagh