Love Month ♥♥♥

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years.

February is the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere (which is the third month of summer), in meteorological reckoning.

February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February

As for me:

Love month as they call it, February seems to awaken people’s yearning  for “LOVE”. People feel obligated to have a special someone, to buy expensive flowers and chocolates and to go out on a date which results to a tremendous and horrifying  traffic. I’m not being cynical about the Love month but I don’t get it! Why do you need to wait for February just to give your girl a bunch of flowers that is already 3x pricey. And if you are single, why force yourself to go out with someone you don’t really like just for the sake of showing people you’re with someone.

Love should be celebrated everyday! Love should be spontaneous and consistent. You don’t need to wait for February to show someone they are special. You can do it everyday. A simple kiss on the cheek, a hug before you leave, a stroke on her hair, cooking his favorite meal and a tight embrace before you go to sleep are just things you can do to make her/him feel special.

Flowers dry up, Chocolates melt and expensive meals get flushed on the toilet. Small gestures of love are lasting memories that will be treasured for life. I choose to give and receive the gestures. Be ready for a million hugs from me 🙂 Happy Valentines!

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Halloween Facts

Trick or Treat

 

Halloween or Hallowe’en also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising” or “trunk-or-treating“), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfiresapple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Yñigo good devil

Christian influence

Today’s Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween falls on the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve. Since the time of the primitive Churchmajor feasts in the Christian Church (such asChristmasEaster and Pentecost) had vigils which began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows’. These three days are collectively referred to as Hallowmas and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven. All Saints was introduced in the year 609, but was originally celebrated on 13 May.

In 835, it was switched to 1 November (the same date as Samhain) at the behest of Pope Gregory IV. Some suggest this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea. It is also suggested that the change was made on the “practical grounds that Rome in summer could not accommodate the great number of pilgrims who flocked to it”, and perhaps because of public healthconsiderations regarding Roman Fever – a disease that claimed a number of lives during the sultry summers of the region.

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming, which is closely related to souling (discussed above).  John Pymm writes that “many of the feast days associated with the presentation of mumming plays were celebrated by the Christian Church.”These feast days included All Hallows’ Eve, Christmas, Twelfth Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming, practised in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, involved masked persons in fancy dress who “paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org

Fairy Tanya

As for me:

It’s the time of the year where everyone can play around with their imagination and be anything they want to be, to the extent of scaring people. It’s a time for kids and kids at heart to amuse each other as how creative they can be. It’s a celebration of fun, surprises and treats. In line with Halloween, we also celebrate the souls of our dear departed loved ones to let them know that though they are not with us physically, they will always be a part of our lives. 

This day also serves as a family reunion day for us, Filipinos. It’s the day we exert extra effort to be with our family in visiting the graves of our departed ones. 

Whatever personal significance Halloween has for each one of us, this day will always be celebrated with a smile on our face and love on our hearts for the people we once shared our life with.