Today's the last day of the week! Today's lessons were pretty much okay, just some misbehavior in Physics lesson. Boon Keat broke his phone screen, and it looked damned. Well, you can't blame him for feeling down, since most of us only have 1 phone. Overall, today's Physics lesson was rather crazy, don't want to say much of it, otherwise people would say that i'm basically sabotaging.
So i went home in the bus today. There was this Indian guy, who smoked 2 sticks in the bus stop despite the already smelly surrounding in the bus stop. I'm not being racist, but he had a smell which was unbearable, i couldn't even breathe normally for 2 minutes at least. It smelt like a wrong combination of spices and herbs.
Just when you thought it all ended just like that, i went into my bus 139 and it was rather crowded. I only found a seat which was near the bus driver. I was shocked when the Indian guy was also taking 139! I was praying, wishing that he will not sit beside me, so i moved myself so that nobody could sit with me. Then he stared at me, and i stared at him. I'm like, so embarrassed so i had no choice but to let him sit beside me. Yeah, i had the worst bus ride of my life today, roughly for 30 minutes.
Imagine, cigarette smell + wrong combination of spices and herbs = ?
Yeah, i almost felt like a passive smoker.
The meaning of HALLOWEEN.
Halloween, or Hallowe'en, is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. The term Halloween (and its alternative rendering Hallowe'en) is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day", which is now also known as All Saints' Day. Some modern Halloween traditions developed out of older pagan traditions, especially surrounding the Irish holiday Samhain, a day associated both with the harvest and otherworldly spirits. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the Western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom and occasionally in parts of Australia and New Zealand.
Many European cultural traditions, in particular Celtic cultures, hold that Halloween is one of the liminal times of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent (according to, for example, Catalan mythology about witches and Scottish and Irish tales of the Sídhe).So you can pretty much conclude that Halloween is almost like our Hungry Ghost festival, only with a little twist. Twisted culture huh.
THE JACK O'LANTERN
The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols. This is a Scottish and Irish tradition of carving a lantern which goes back centuries. These lanterns are usually carved from a turnip or swede (or more uncommonly a mangelwurzel). The carving of pumpkins was first associated with Halloween in North America, where the pumpkin was available, and much larger and easier to carve. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their home's doorstep after dark.
The jack-o'-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling, hard drinking old farmer who tricked the devil into climbing a tree, and trapped him by carving a cross into the trunk of the tree. In revenge, the devil placed a curse on Jack which dooms him to forever wander the earth at night. For centuries, the bedtime parable was told by Irish parents to their children. But in America the tradition of carving pumpkins is known to have preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration, and the tradition of carving vegetable lanterns may also have been brought over by the Scottish or English; documentation is unavailable to establish when or by whom. The carved pumpkin was associated generally with harvest time in America, and did not become specifically associated with Halloween until the mid to late 19th century.
The imagery surrounding Halloween is largely an amalgamation of the Halloween season itself, nearly a century of work from American filmmakers and graphic artists, and a rather commercialized take on the dark and mysterious. Halloween imagery tends to involve death, magic, or mythical monsters. Common Halloween characters include ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, bats, owls, crows, vultures, haunted houses, pumpkinmen, black cats, aliens, spiders, goblins, zombies, mummies, skeletons, and demons. Particularly in America, symbolism is inspired by classic horror films, which contain fictional figures like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and The Mummy. More modern horror antagonists like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and the Jigsaw Killer have also become associated with the holiday. Homes are often decorated with these symbols around Halloween.
Learn more of Halloween itself from link below, just type in "Halloween" and click "Go".
"The meaning of Halloween" and "Jack O'Lantern" are extracted from Wikipedia.org
That's all for today.
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