Cairns Student Lodge is no exception, especially with the American International Students staying at the lodge. Residents celebrated Halloween in style!
A little early on Saturday night 28 October 2017, but we Santa Claus, Three Bling Mice, Pirates, Spiderman, The Scooby Doo Gang, Princesses, Witches and a huge Game of Chess. Locations included, the Lodge, JCU Uni Bar and town. The party even had a ride on an open top bus.
Halloween has its roots in age-old European traditions. Some believe it originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This festival saw people lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to ward off ghosts and marked end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Daylight hours in winter are shorter and are often known as the “darker half” of the year.
Pope Gregory III, in the 8th Century, designated 1st of November as a time to honor all saints of the church. “All Saints Day” incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as “All Hallows Eve”, and later “Halloween”.
With the expansion of commercialism, Halloween evolved over time into a day of family activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Around the world, as daylight hours grow shorter and nights become longer and colder, people continue to herald this season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
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