Scary Dublin

If someone who loves Ireland embarks upon a new stay in Dublin toward the end of October, then he feels lucky indeed, while he drags his luggage under the dimly lit eye of pumpkins behind the windows, between shop windows veiled in woolen spider webs, studded of spiders and ghost’s silhouettes, while groups of kids bring with them to the suburbs scrap wood useful for traditional fires.

Aldo Ciummo

Yes, because “Halloween” (to be precise “All Hallows ‘Evening”, also known as “Hallowe’en”, “Allhalloween”, “All Hallows’ Eve” or “All Saints’ Eve “) is maybe a Christianized celebration, shared by many countries in the period that marks the memory of the dear departed: but surely it is from Ireland that this tradition went to conquer the rest of the world, taking strong roots in the United Kingdom and the United States, where in the street party, in costumes and games, it is visible an obvious appeal to the sense of the ridiculous in order to exorcise the fear of death, one of the oldest human fears.

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