Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween.
In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children's holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.
Have fun with the Origines of Halloween.
Are you brave enough to play this interactive Halloween Game?
Monday, 25 October 2010
Can you match the spooky Halloween words and creatures from British Council?
Perhaps you know about famous witches and wizards in films and literature;
test your knowledge about them.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
We always think about United Kingdom, let's talk about the USA and how much you know about this country. Play the games and learn about the states!
To know about culture, flag, anthem, quick facts...enter the Gov.Page
Saturday, 9 October 2010
This year we have the pleasure to listen to an American English speaking teacher so after classes we can go on learning a bit more with USA learns. It is a free site to improve the basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and life skills. You can select your level and save your work and progress if you register.