Saturday, October 23, 2021

Halloween posts and talks

'Snap-apple Night' painting, 1833, shows several games - snap-apple, diving (duck/bobbing) for apples, and divining one's future. Also snapdragon, turnip lanterns, Colcannon Night, (Soule) Cake Night and Day of the Dead (Nov 2). Click to enlarge

Snap-apple
Trying to bite into an apple. on a string. revolving. with candles. what could go wrong?? HERE

Snapdragon
Another tricky game - grabbing for raisens in a fire HERE

Colcannon Night
In Ireland "...a gold ring was concealed somewhere in the dish of potatoes and cabbage." HERE

Turnip jack o'lanterns for Halloween
Turnips were used instead of pumpkins to make 'turnip lanterns' HERE

Ducking (Bobbing) for apples
"juveniles, by turns, duck their heads with the view of catching an apple." HERE

"Tricks" done on Halloween in Pa. Dutch areas
In mid1800s, Halloween was celebrated "roughly" - parts of a wagon were put in different trees, gates taken off hinges, wooden steps removed, taking wagons apart and rebuilt in a stable, and other extreme 'tricks'. HERE

A Scottish Halloween spell - by Robert Burns
Robert Burn's poem Halloween had several 'spells' for young folks to do on All Saints eve to foretell their future. HERE

Cake Night - Soul Cake, Seed Cake
The sketch shows a group a-souling for Soul or Soule cakes which were given out on All Hallows Eve (the night before All Saints Day, Nov 1) or on All Souls Day (Nov 2) was an old tradition by 1511.HERE

And!...
Day of the Dead - Dia de Muertos
In Mexico, sugar skulls were sold in market stalls (1908 image). Other items for the family alters include candles, Pan de Muerto (a sweet yeast bread), mole and other foods.HERE

Halloween posts (past and future) HERE

First image: Snap-apple Night, painted by Daniel Maclise, 1833. (1845, 1853 engravings explained HERE )

UPCOMING TALKS FOR HALLOWEEN

Paris' Cabaret of Heaven (Ciel, left) and Cabaret of Hell (l'Enfer, open mouth door).
Oc 26 Tue 7:30 Cabarets of Death: Playing with Death and the Afterlife in Popular Amusements. “From 1892 until 1954, three cabaret-restaurants in Paris’ Montmartre district … had specialized cuisines and morbid visual display…" plus it "gained popularity in America— from Worlds Fair attractions to Coney Island’s disaster spectacles...” Joanna Ebenstein. 3 short films on “three death themed amusements of the era.” Historic New England. donation HERE

Oct 27 Wed 2 Halloween Food History & Cooking. Dr. Lillian Céspedes González, Chef Josh. Travelusion Tours £7 HERE

Oc 27 Wed 3-4:30 Cruel Intentions: Haunted Food & Doomed Relationships . “how food and consumption symbolise more than just sustenance in Gothic literature.” Alessandra Pino. The Viktor Wynd Museum & The Last Tuesday Society £5.82 – £11.04 HERE

Oct 28 Thur 3-4:30 Cabarets of Death. “From 1892 until 1954, three cabaret-restaurants in Paris’ Montmartre district enraptured tourists with their grotesque portrayals of death in the afterworlds of Hell, Heaven, and Nothingness. Each had specialized cuisines and morbid visual display…” Joanna Ebenstein. The Viktor Wynd Museum & The Last Tuesday Society £5.82 – £11.04 HERE FULL

Nv 1 Mon 4-5:30 The history of Halloween “from its murky pagan past and supernatural associations.” Ronald Hutton. The Viktor Wynd Museum & The Last Tuesday Society. £11.04 HERE

Nov 2 Tue 7-8:30 Día de los Muertos Recipes. “yeast bread called Pan de Muerto; Champurrado, a thick and flavorful Mexican hot chocolate; and Enfrijoladas de Queso y Jalapeño, filled corn tortillas and dipped in a chipotle bean.” Jessica Tijerina, Seward Community Co-op HERE

Calendar of virtual food history talks HERE

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