Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dusicky

The Czech do not celebrate Halloween – at least not the way it’s celebrated in America. There are no children dressed as ghosts, knocking on doors and asking for sweets. Instead, the Czech people celebrate what many other cultures celebrate in the fall – a day to honor the deceased.

Interestingly, Halloween began as a harvest festival among the Celtic people – a group that likely originally settled in the land known today as the Czech Republic. They believed that was the day the lines between the worlds of the living and the dead were thinnest and that the spirits of the departed could walk among the living.

In the Czech Republic, November 2 is Dusicky, and is also called All Soul’s Day, All Saint’s Day, Day of the Dead, or Commemoration of All the Departed. That night, and in some cases several days leading up to it, Czech people all over the country visit graveyards to honor their dead. They come in droves, with flowers and candles and wreaths to decorate the grave markers of their ancestors.

-Heather Tinley, Opera Colorado Marketing Coordinator

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