I don’t disagree it’s originally a Gaelic or even Wiccan ritual, but personally feel the commercialisation of this celebration has infact ruined what should be a beautiful thing to those who wish observe it’s true meaning. True meaning being paying respect to the memory of our late friends or relos.
It’s hard not to want to launch criticism at retailers looking to cash in on a celebrated day in the downtime to Christmas. Each to their own, but it wasn’t something that was widely commercially celebrated in Australia for at least the past 30 years, to my knowledge. That could be because I was brought up in a country town though, I suppose, and like most European celebrations we observe eg: easter bunny being about spring and new life, the seasons they are celebrating are all in the reverse.
I recently read, that it was all about stocking up for the lean times of winter, time to slaughter the cattle and bring in the Pumpkins. October in Australia is just about things catching fire, of late.
Critics will say that we Aussies observe other days like St. Patrick’s day, and even Oktoberfest. But these involve lots and lots of Beer. Not lollies and letting your kids knock on strangers’ front doors.
Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up like a slutty witch as much as the next Post-feminist, post-wiccan ( yes I put it in the census once) I just reckon, like all things, it should be open for debate.