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Re: Halloween

Poster: burginde@juno.com (deborah e burgin)

>Poster: jsrechts@imap.unc.edu
>Anyone know about Halloween traditions during the Middle Ages? I also
>wonder if it's celebrated in Europe.
>Just curious as I know nothing about this topic!
>As for what is currently celebrated in Europe (not the middle ages) -
they do not have this tradition in Switzerland nor France.  Geneva,
however, has a wonderful custom on Dec 11 when they celebrate repelling
the evil Savoyard (French just across the border who have always had
their eye on the wonderful valley that is Geneva) in a resounding victory
(this occurred back in 1214 - think perhaps they like rubbing it in a bit
much?).  There are all sorts of  stories and traditions to go along with
it - the best being that bands of children go from door to door and sing
songs about the fierce battle and the good Genevois, etc. in return for
which they get coins, or fruit and cups of hot cider or tea - not bad,

I am helping Jarl Timoch and Countess Adelicia move to their new home
somewhere in Va on this weekend - no candy for me!

Gisele (who is, in fact, Genevois, and not French as some would have you
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