All Hallows’ Eve to Fright and Learn
1. November 2016 • When one hears the date the 31st October, one immediately thinks of sweets, creepy costumes and cultural and religious customs the whole world over.
On this day, the exact origin and meaning of this day was researched more closely by our pupils. We collectively learnt about the ritualistic background of the ancient customs of the Celts on the night before the high festival All Hallows and also about its dissemination through the irish immigrants in North America. Our children also experienced how the fun-loving, colourful and UNESCO world heritage listed festival the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) began in Mexico. Of particular importance for Germany and Europe is Reformation Day. On the 31st October 1517, Martin Luther hung his 95 theses on the door of the palace chapel in Wittenberg and thereby initiated the reformation of the church. We read, pondered and discussed these topics and learnt a great deal.
Physical well-being should not be neglected and to that end, we cooked and ate pumpkin soup in the magic kitchen and to give us the creeps we made our own green slime and decorated terrifying masks. Our children had a huge amount of fun and furthermore learnt a lot about this cultural day.