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Betty Bowen wrote:
> I don't recall anyone suggesting that Days of the Dead were the same as
> Halloween, but I think you might have misunderstood my post about the milk
> jug skeletons. Because I made them for Halloween doesn't mean they can't
> also be a good project for Los Dias de los Muertos. They're great looking
> skeletons and being life-size, easy to dress up.
> But I must disagree with the "has nothing to do with" part. There is more
> relationship between the two events than accidental concurrent dates.
> Halloween occurs when it does because of All Saint's Day / All Souls Day and
> is celebrated with costumes and jack-o-lanterns and going house-to-house
> because those things have come down to us from how All Saint's Day / All
> Souls Day were observed in the cultures of the Celtic nations. American
> pumpkins make better lanterns than British turnips did. Because two cultures
> have developed celebration of the same religious holiday in different ways
> doesn't mean they have nothing to do with each other.