jacobi, it's good that you were able to find something useful here and there. Thanks for reporting back. (-:
>>Du verwechselst wahrscheinlich Allerheiligen mit Allerseelen
Actually, I believe All Saints' vs. All Souls' is a distinction that exists only in Catholicism. In Protestant churches (and only those with a more liturgical tradition), only Nov. 1 is observed as All Saints', and the word "saints" refers to all Christians who have died. We don't think of them as working miracles or answering prayers, and there's no bureaucratic process to select some people and exclude others; it's just about honoring the memory of all of them. In practice, the worship service is often an occasion to read out the names of those in the congregation who have died in the past year, but we don't go to the cemetery as in Latin American countries.
>>aus dem evangelischen Osten, wo der Reformationstag gefeiert wird
At least in American Protestantism, some churches try to at least acknowledge both Reformation Day and All Saints', perhaps by observing one the Sunday before and the other the Sunday after, or by including a hymn or reading for each. Tricky for worship planners, but both are actually worth celebrating, no matter what tradition you come from originally. (-:
MiMo #80, #92
>>wenn die Tricks-or-Treats-Erpresser denen, die auf ihr Läuten nicht öffnen, die Wohungstür mit rohen Eiern vollschmieren und das Schloss mit Sekundenkleber vollkleistern ... wenn an einem Abend hintereinander fünf Halloween-Banden an der Tür läuten und bei Nichtöffnen mit den Stiefeln gegen die Tür treten
This has come up in past holiday discussions, but just for the record: I hope you won't be offended if we mention that those "customs" aren't actually part of traditional American Halloween? So I hope you won't mentally blame us for destroying traditional culture. (Cf. #125ff.)
There may have been more tricks in the distant past, like a century ago, but nowadays I would say it's unlikely for anyone to actually play mean tricks, as the trick-or-treating part is mainly for much younger children. They get a chance to dress up in costume, go out after dark (but not much after), pretend to scare each other and be scared, and get candy. The neighbors get to meet the children, say 'Ooh, how you've grown' and guess at their costume, and enjoy the fun of giving out (inexpensive) candy. Anyone who doesn't want to do any of that can sit home with the porch lights off and not answer the door. None of that seems so terrible to me.
Older children and teenagers usually go to parties rather than running around the neighborhood harassing innocent residents. It would be beneath their dignity to go from door to door and ask for candy.
>>for us adults Halloween is a time of joy, where we can dress up inappropiately, go to Halloween parties where other people are equally dressed up, and just have fun.
And for teenagers as well. From that perspective you could say it's a holiday encouraged by retail industries that sell costumes, decorations, party supplies, food, and alcohol. That too represents a departure from the traditions of 50 years ago, but so are Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's. Again, no one has to do any of that if they don't want to, but for those who do, it's just an excuse to enjoy themselves. Also surely not so dire.
>>was 11.11 ever commemorated as the end of World War One in Germany?
Wasn't it here in the forum (or even in this thread) where someone commented a few days ago that Britons observe Nov. 11 as a fairly serious day with a moment of silence, and when that happened at a conference, a German happened to be in the middle of a talk and had to explain awkwardly that many Germans dress up and have fun on the same day? I suppose it could seem like an odd coincidence.
There's also a thread somewhere in the archive about church bells in a German town ...