Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has not been a holiday over here in Sweden for so long, just a couple of decades. It came originally from USA, through immigrants from Ireland, as a popular culture to us. In the beginning it was a fun feast for children, who dressed up to something in the theme of horror or death. Lately even the adults have started to dress up. From the 1990’s it has become a popular thing to celebrate. The English term ”trick or treat” has been translated into ”bus eller godis” - mischief or candy!

And from candy is not so far to sugar and from there we end up on ”Dia de los Muertos”, a day that is celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1st and 2nd. Even if this in one way collides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s and All Saint’s Day, some combine their beliefs with the ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. Here in Sweden we celebrate that day on the 4th November this year. It is a church day, remembering them we lost, praying and lightning candles. The graveyards look so beautiful with all those lights in the darkness.

I do not celebrate Halloween, but I thought that I could take some photos of Esther, with a sugar skull face up. I have always like sugar skulls and think that there is something beautiful with it. So, I thought I could give it a try. Made her a new pair of eyes too, of FIMO Clay. It was fun and I learned a lot. These eyes are not in the perfect shape, but I do love the purple color. Next time I will make the eyes a bit more rounded on the top. 

Husband drove me to Hammarby Hytta, a place with an old foundry and a nature reserve. The foundry was active between the years 1858 and 1923. The nature reserve has a valley that is from the time before the ice age. It was sunny and chilly day, but so lovely to be outdoors.

Enjoy the new week, have a Happy Halloween and say welcome to November.