From Yareah we would like to wish a happy Halloween for all our friends all around the world.
Years ago, in Spain we didn’t celebrate Halloween. It was an American celebration, not ours. Now we can see kids dressed up everywhere and I am congratulated for it because, I think, Europe and America are now more joined than ever –and this isn’t mean that we weren’t, I am trying to say that the connection is every year much stronger than before-.
In fact, Halloween is in origin an Irish tradition from 1840, when hungry Irish people brought the tradition to the US. I would like to say that the colors for Halloween are the orange, the black and the purple but everybody knows it and everybody knows about Jack –and you know I’m not speaking about my dear dog- because I’m talking about Jack o’-latern. Halloween was the inspiration to many filmmakers like Tim Burton or John Carpenter, who creates one of his most scaring films with Jamie Lee Curtis.
But I think Halloween is much more and you can call me idiot. Like the Feast of Fools in the Middle Ages, the Carnivals or the feast honoring Dionysius, Halloween is the inversion of the classic roles that every civilization needs to maintain the good sense. Kids are the kings now –and, of course, for the rest of the year too- and we substitute the terrible fear in our lives for a sincere smile, like we were able to frighten away all our regular fears with the smiling face of a kid. In Halloween, like in other fests, we remember the mythical essence present in our souls. No, we are not all made of Aristotle and reasons, we are made of fears, dreams and expectations and Halloween remember us very better than many other anniversaries in the calendar. It’s nice to look through the mirror for one night and remember that some centuries ago we were people full of superstitions and, perhaps, we are what we are because of this superstitions, myths and children’s point of view of life.
I hope you all are well, specially our friends from US because of the hurricane. I wish you a special happy Halloween. See you tomorrow.