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Halloween: there's more to it than candy and costumes
Ghosts, goblins, and witches fill
the streets. Pumpkins line the side
walks, and leaves cover the ground.
Halloween has finally arrived, and its
time for kids to dress up and go flx>m
door-todoor in search of treats. Many
people wonder why this holiday is
celebrated, and their questions often
The holiday of Halloween covers
the dates from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.
It originates from a religious back
ground that comes from Druid beliefs
that began in the 17th century and
carried over into England and Ireland.
Oct. 31, known as Halloween or All
Hallows’ Eve is the night for tricks and
treats, but religion is the real reason
behind these traditions which most of
us hold dear.
Nov. 1 is the pagan holiday known
as All Saints’ or All Hallows’ day and
began as a celebration of the dead.
Through the years it has become the
celebration of the saints and high rank
in the Catholic Church.
On Nov. 2, pagans celebrated a day
of intercession for dead souls that have
notyet been sufficiently purified. They
did this in belief that the prayers of the
living will help aid purification.
This celebration began as a memo
rial in the 10th century.
Not only is the origin of Halloween
something that is overiooked by those
who observe this holiday, but we also
seem unaware of the meaning behind
all of the time and effort that goes into
compikd by Claiky Lucas
•Nov. 5: The City Gallery of Contemporary Art, lo
cated at 220 S. Blount St. in downtown Raleigh, will
present ELECTRIFYING NIGHT AT CITY GALLERY
The fall fundraising auction will feature an Andy
Warhol “Electric Chair” print and other works by a
large and diverse group of well-known regional and
national artists and designers.
•Nov. 6: The Crucifer of Blood will be presented at
Raleigh Little Theatre at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.
• Nov. 6: The 14th Annual North Carolina Photogra
phers Exhibition will be held in the Frankie G. Weems
Gallery of Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center at Meredith
College . Opening reception will be held 2-4 p.m.
•Nov. 10-19: The Greek Tragedy Black Medea will be
presented at NCSU’s Thompson Theatre on Nov. 10-12
and 16-19 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 3:00 p.m. Ticket
prices for adults are $7.00 and students $3.00.
•Nov. 25-28: The North Carolina Symphony’s Holiday
Pops Concert will be performed at Raleigh Memorial
Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18-
$28, senior citizens and students $15 and student rush
at 7:55 p.m. (I.D. required) $5.
The legend of the Jack-O'-Lantem is
an Irish ctistom that begins with the
story of a drunk Irishman named Jack
who tricked the devil into climbing an
apple tree in search for food.
As the Devil climbed. Jack carved a
cross into the trunk of the tree, prohib
iting the Devil from climbing down.
Jack made the Devil promise him
that he would never come for his soul.
Upon Jack’s death, he was turned
away from heaven for being so mean
throughout his life.
This left Jack with no place to go.
due to the Devil’s promise to never
As Jack was walking away form the
gates of hell, the Devil threw a live coal
He was eating a turnip at the time,
and he put the coal inside of it.
Since then, he has been traveling
the world with his jack-o’-lantem in
search of his place to rest.
As you celebrate Halloween in the
future, you will now at least be aware
of the reasoning behind this celebra
tion and its origin.
You can also think of Jack as you
spend hours picking out the perfect
pumkin and carving shapes in order to
bring this pumpkin to life.
The questions of Halloween’s ori
gin have now been answered, but the
question still remains as to how long
this holiday and its traditions will sur
Dr. Jean Jackson!
She is the winner of the SGA Super Trivia
Thanks to the other faculty and staff who
- SGA Executive Committee
Please help a needy family this
caxuied food drive from Nov.l-22.
Collection boxes will be placed In Belk Dining Hah
and Cate Center.
Phllciaoa h 2S.
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