This may come as a surprise to some of you, but Halloween is not originally an American custom. I say this particularly for non Anglo-Saxons, the majority in fact of my readers. Halloween in fact comes from the Old World and has probably been around in some form or other for thousands of years. Historians point to Dumha na nGiall), a passage tomb in Ireland built around 3,000 BC that is aligned to the sunrise on the 31st of October. They also mention links to the old Celtic festival of Samhain that again was celebrated on the 31st of October.
If further proof were necessary, the origins of the word Halloween go back to Old English, a language in use more than 500 years before Columbus’s outing to the New World…………….
………… All these Halloween celebrations had me thinking back to my youth and how we used to celebrate Halloween. The one custom I remember well was Apple Bobbing. How many of you have heard of, or even better tried apple bobbing?……..
………. We had some friends over a couple of weeks back, an ex work colleague, her husband and son Elías, who I think deserves a special mention. Not only is he a reader of these articles, but to the best of my knowledge is the youngest reader! Thanks Elías.
We drove across the hills to a botanical trail in the next village, Almonacid de la Sierra. The route is engaging, with educational information on the flora as well as the odd bit of rope climbing up the steeper banks or quaint wooden bridges over the occasional ditch. Weather-wise it was also interesting with banks of fog pushed up from the valley alternating with clear blue skies and sunshine. The main Ebro valley below is prone to heavy fogs at this time of year. Here we are much higher up and are generally affected little. There are times however when the winds can push the fog up here into the mountains……..
All the walking of course gave us an appetite, luckily we had a meal prepared which included an apple crumble. As you will have seen from the title above, the article this week is about apple crumble……..
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