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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 08/07/14

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN AND ITS TRADITIONS!!







  Halloween, as we know it has been a tradition in our country for many years, but have you ever wondered where it came from?  The Celts, or people from and around Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern France around 2000 years ago had their new year as November the 1st.  So that meant  the end of the year for them, the time when the harvest was over and the start of the long cold winter was October 31st.  Due to the facts that many people died in the winter, and the living world and the dead opened up.  On this day the dead could invade the world of the living and priests would be able to predict the future and talk to the dead more easily.  They would dress up and at a large central bonfire, pay homage to their Celtic deities, sacrificing animals to the gods.  They would also try to tell each others fortunes while dressed up in costumes of animal skins and heads.






  These festivals of sorts was known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in).
   Later on after the area has been conquered by the Romans, they combined two Roman holidays with the Celtic one, this occurred over a 400 year period that the Romans occupied the area.  Feralia, was the Roman day that they commemorated the passing of the dead,  it was held in Late October.   The other was to honor Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees.  The symbol of Pomona is the apple, the origin of our present day bobbing for apples.





Pomona, the Goddess of Fruit and Trees




  In the 7th century, after Christianity had spread into the Celtic lands, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st as All Saints' Day, a day to honor saints and martyrs.  The celebrations were call All-Hallows or All-Hallowmas and the night before became All-Hallows Eve, eventually becoming our Halloween.




Pope Boniface IV




  Trick or Treating has it's origins in a tradition in England, called the All Souls' Day parade.  During the festivities of the day, the poor would beg for food from the residents and those better off.  They would be given soul cakes, little pastries and were asked to pray for the souls of the relatives of the ones who gave the cakes away.  The practice which was sanctioned by the church as a replacement for the ancient practice of leaving out food and wine for the roaming spirits, was soon referred to as "going-a-souling".  Children soon took this practice up, leaving it to kids, to get food, ale and money from neighbors.  
   Wearing costumes come from both Celtic and European heritage, dressing up was thought to make the wearer unrecognizable to the ghosts of the dead.  The dead would confuse them with other spirits, and to further protect themselves, people would leave bowls of food outside their doors to appease the ghosts.  When immigrants came to America, the tradition continued with a few twists, adding mostly due to the varying beliefs of the groups in different areas and with different religious convictions.  The merging of separate groups of religion, nationality and even Native American traditions changed the All-Hallows Eve into more of a party for the harvests of the year and a celebration to honor the dead.






  At the turn of the century,in the1900's, the government and newspapers encouraged people to have more of a celebration and less of the ghoulish and frightening aspect of Halloween.  Parades and festivities were encouraged and over the years a national holiday emerged.  Sometime between 1920 and 1950 the tradition of trick or treating was revived. Thought of as a way for the whole community to share the holiday traditions.




   


 The Jack O'Lantern got it's origin from a popular tale from Ireland.  The story goes that a man named Jack was very stingy, an old miserable drunk who liked to play tricks.  One day he even played a trick on the Devil.   He got him to climb a tree and when the Devil was up in the tree he placed crosses all around the tree, the Devil could not get down.  Jack made the Devil promise that when he died, the Devil would not take his soul.  The Devil promised, and years later when Jack died, the Devil kept his promise.  After Jack was denied entry to Heaven for his miserable life and mean tricks, he met the Devil in Hell where the Devil told him he could not enter.  Jack was now scared, he would forever walk the dark areas between Heaven and Hell.  The Devil gave him an ember from the fires of Hell to light his way.  Jack put it in a hollowed out Turnip, which he always carried as it was his favorite food.  In Ireland, the Irish would place a candle in hollowed out turnips, gourds, rutabagas, potatoes and even beets to ward off stingy Jack.  When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they discovered the pumpkin, and found it could be hollowed out and carved much easier than the smaller vegetables.







  We get both the tradition of pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie from Native Americans.  The Native Americans used it as a food staple, before the first settlers in America knew about  the pumpkin.  They got this plant from South and central America, where seeds have been found dating back thousands of years.  The immigrants who arrived, soon used the pumpkin in many dishes including one that they would scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside of it and bake it with milk, honey and spices and then eat it, thus the pumpkin pie was born.




 


 Most of our traditions of Halloween do not come from America at all.  They all have their origins from European countries in both religious and spiritual beliefs.  The day of Halloween is not just about the dead or pranks to pull on other people but about the end of the harvest and the warm part of the year coming to an end.  The remembering and honoring the dead is not done by any one nationality or people, but by many.  Most people in one way or another honor and remember the people they have loved and knew on this day.  Halloween is a day that we can celebrate the people of the past and help to keep their memories alive.

HAUNTED HOSPITALS PROVEN TO BE, THE MOST!! THE SCARIEST!!! PLACES ON EARTH!!!

   Most people do not realize it, but there are a number of haunted hospitals given the honor of the most scariest places on Earth!!!  There are several hospitals that are considered at the top of the heap of the most haunted institutions of their kind.  True ghost stories, unexplained phenomenon, and ghost pictures and videos have been acquired in these places within the hospitals that are claimed to be the top haunts.  Each and every single day, someone takes their last breath in a hospital somewhere.  Is it possible that these souls emerge from the physical body and linger around these medical facilities, not knowing which way to go, or even what has happened to them?  Here you will learn why haunted hospitals are deemed the scariest places on Earth!





Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky



   The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky has been deemed as one of the most haunted places in the U.S.  In the late 1800's and early 1900's, the disease of Tuberculosis wreaked havoc in the United States.  This disease was highly contagious, and there was absolutely no cure for it.  Once exposed, it was quite likely that you would develop the sickness during these years.  In Kentucky, there were more deaths due to the outbreak of this contagious disease than any other state at the time.  This is why, in the year of 1926, a hospital named the Waverly Hills Sanatorium was opened-to house and care for those that had contracted Turberculosis.









  Individuals who resided at Waverly Hills stood the chance of surviving the deadly condition, and many did.  However, several souls were lost that remained in this particular facility.  There were a number of experiments that were conducted in this particular hospital.  The intent behind these experiments was to uncover a cure for the disease.  It was not unusual for patients to be placed in front of large windows that were opened during the winter, and many had to endure dangerous surgeries so that the doctors could "expand" the lung area.  Most of the people that entered the hospital never got out alive.  This is one of the reasons why this is considered to be a haunted hospital.  As the number of deaths grew, so did the unexplained phenomenon that was experienced in and around the structure.




Waverly Hills orbs




  Thee are several haunting's that are said to be experienced at Waverly Hills.  The first involves a man who is wearing a coat that is white in color.  This apparition is normally seen in the area of the kitchen. and it has not been uncommon for the employees of the hospital to be subjected to unexplained messes n the area of the kitchen, such as windows being broke, and things tossed about.  In addition to this, strange sounds, odor, and even the terrifying experience of approaching footsteps have been experienced in the area of the kitchen.  All of these accounts seem to link back to the male apparition in the coat that is white.  It is unknown who he is, or what may be the issue that is causing him to be so agitated. 
   If you are the least bit familiar with this haunted hospital, then it is almost certain that you know about the ever-popular room 502.  It is said that there are poltergeists, demonic haunting's, and several lost souls wandering around in this room.  On the fifth floor, it is believed that numerous individuals jumped to their death from the window in this room.  Many have also encountered shadows that seem to have a life of their own when visiting room 502.  This is considered to be one of the most scary places inside the entire structure of  Waverly Hills Sanatorium.  Many have even experienced strange, angry voices that instruct them to leave.  While these are not the only haunting's to occur at this hospital, these are the most common one that you will hear when visiting this haunted hospital which is considered to be the top haunted place in America.





Oatland Island Hospital, Savannah, Georgia
  


    Oatland Island Hospital in Savannah, Georgia is the next haunted hospital that is worthy of mention.  Many individuals throughout the years have stated that this particular hospital serves as a portal between the physical and the spiritual world.  During the Second World War, the structure on the Island served as a hospital.  It was considered to be a public interest medical facility, but eventually transformed into a lab by the Center for Disease Control for the development of technology to assist those who fell ill to certain conditions and diseases.  To date, several employees, locals, and even tourists have claimed to experience something "unusual", and or "paranormal".






Oatland Body Chute



    One of the most common types of unusual activity that occurs in and around the Oatland Island Hospital is the presence of colorful orbs.  Due to the presence of these orbs, many have decided to play "ghost hunter" and brought along cameras that take still pictures, video cameras, and even audio recording devices.




Oatland Orbs




  As you may have already suspected, there have been a number of ghost pictures and ghost videos captured.  Furthermore, many have caught strange noises, voices, and even conversations on audio recording devices.  If you are seeking scary places where a lot of unexplained phenomenon is experienced on a regular basis, you should visit the Oatland Island Hospital yourself.  You are likely to walk away with a ton of evidence that confirms that there are paranormal happenings here.





Rolling Hills Asylum, Bethany, New York



   The Rolling Hills Asylum or "Genesse County Home" in Bethany,  New York is considered to be one of the top scary places on Earth!  Noted as one of the haunted places in America, this haunted hospital has been talked about all throughout its history for the strange and unexplained phenomenon, true ghost stories, and a haven for the ghost hunter at heart.  Deemed as one of the more legitimate real haunted places i the state of New York.  This hospital has a long history of spectacular events that no one seems to be able to explain.  There is no level of rationalization in this hospital.  Could that be due to the fact that it housed psychiatric patients?





Rolling Hills orbs



 When the Rolling Hills Asylum opened its doors for the first time, it served individuals who suffered from one psychiatric condition or another.  In later years, this establishment would be transformed into a nursing home that housed individuals that were elderly, or unable to appropriately car for themselves.  In 1974, the nursing home would shut down, and the facility would be pushed to the side until 2004.  It is believed that in about 150 years, thousands of people took their last breath.  Many strange experiences have occurred in the building, and when paranormal researchers conducted an investigation on the home, it was discovered that the rumors of "haunts" were true.





One of the patient rooms



Voices were captured; images locked into cameras, and even ghost videos to reflect the stories of shadows and souls emerging from the walls within the Genesee County Home, or Rolling Hills Asylum.





Trans-Allegheny Asylum



  The Trans-Allegheny Asylum is another hospital that is considered to be haunted.  Located in Weston, West Virginia, this particular hospital is also considered to be one of the top haunted placed in America.  From 1864 to 1994, this hospital served individuals who suffered from psychiatric conditions.  Unfortunately, despite the best efforts possible with the funding that was made available; the hospital did not have the best sanitation levels.  There was a general shortage of furniture, and the lighting was not very good either.  Heating and cooling of the facility was also extremely limited.  On top of experiencing the ment conditions that plagued them, the patients were exposed to harsh conditions during their stay here.





Trans-Allegheny Morgue



 There have been numerous hauntings in this particular haunted hospital.  Many have said that they have seen individuals walking in the corridors and standing in various locations in the facility.  Then, there are the cases of spirits who seem to be screaming in pain.






Inside picture of Trans-Allegheny



    Crying, and distant conversations can also be heard.  If yo have always wanted to be a ghost hunter, and are looking to capture a few ghost pictures or really amazing ghost vidios, you are likely to succeed at Trans-Allegheny Asylum in Weston, WEst Virginia.
   There are a number of reason why haunted hospitals are deemed the scariest places on the planet!  Many strange and unusual experiences have faced individuals who work in these facilities and even those that simply visit them.




THE VIRGIN DEL CARMEN FEAST FROM MARBELLA, SPAIN!


  The Virgin del Carmen Feast is about a feast of marine tradition at Marbella town that ends on July 16th (the Virgin Festival). The Virgen del Carmen, Saint of the Sea and of Fishermen, is one of the sacred headlines, which awakens more devotion among neighbors in the region. The whole town gathers in the streets and beaches every summer to see the processional tour of the virgin by land and sea.







   A week before this date and in the Chapel of the Fishing Port; a mass is celebrated where the Sisterhood Chorus participates and the Virgin of the City together with the Marine Virgin are shown and toured every year. The Marine Virgin is taken out from a cave located at 12 meters depth in the proximity of Poste de la Mina (El Cable). At the end of the act, the Golden Anchor is awarded to the eldest retired fisherman.






   This same day of July 16th the maritime procession of the virgin is celebrated, she leaves the Fishing Port towards Banus Port and back to the Sport Port; she is accompanied by countless crafts decorated with flags that give the color and joy the festivity needs. The land procession begins from the Sport Port (already at the sunset) that takes her to the temple.






   The Virgin del Carmen parish church is located at 10 kilometers from Marbella, at Elvira Cerrado a zone fully delimited by urban areas. The temple has a modern structure, even though the parish church was built twenty years ago, but the building has more than ten years or so.








   Its main and defining element is the continuous flow of tourists coming and going from any region of the world. If it is a regular behavior; the number of faithful more than doubles during the summer; as the temple has capacity for nearly 250 persons seated, there are many of them located at the doors and in the square just in front of the church to take part of the Eucharist.







   Many people regularly attend each celebration in July. The participation is very special in this original context due to the nuances everyone contributes with its nationality and culture. Language is not usually a hindrance when people talk about the language of God, the language of love. Then it should not be languages or barriers but it is for certain that many of them are just people that never come back. Therefore, the pastoral is meant to strengthen meditation, praying, and reflection on the Word.