As you know, Fantasy Farm is all about the animals who live here. We do however notice what the humans do, and the strange things they celebrate…
Domino has just discovered an enormous orange pumpkin on the vegetable patch and is sniffing it.
“What is it?” He asks me.
“It’s a pumpkin,” I explain.
“What do you do with it?” he asks.
“Well Mum cuts it open, takes out the seeds (and feeds them to the chickens) then cuts off the skin and make soups and other things with the insides. It is very popular this time of the year.
At the moment there are pumpkins everywhere, and I can remember Mum’s daughter Michelle making a pumpkin face on one Mum grew a few years back for Halloween.
The story of Toussants (or All Saints) is in the original Toby’s Tails book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Tails-Fantasy-Farm-Tales/dp/1514838168/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1477838936&sr=8-5&keywords=toby%27s+tails.
You see, in France, where we live, they do not celebrate the original human pagan holiday of All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, which is over 2000 years old, instead, they celebrate Toussaints or All Saints Day which was created by Christians on the 1st November to covert pagans. This is the day Catholics honor all saints, and in France the graves of loved ones are decorated with Chrysanthemum plants.
October 31st or Halloween goes back to the harvest festival feast of Samhain, which was held annually at “summers end” to honor the dead. The Celts made big bonfires as part of the celebration, and it was the end of the Celtic year. To fuel the magic of it, it was believed that the souls of the dead arose and roamed among the living…
Sometimes children come around, trick or treating, hoping for sweets. This began because it was believed that not all souls were friendly and the treats were to pacify the evil ones.”
Domino was beginning to look scared.
“Creepy stuff!” He said.
Well stay indoors with me and you’ll be safe” I told him as we walked back down the path together.
Bye for now