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Halloween in Holland. Yes they do celebrate All Hallows Day




Talking with my friend from Holland, he says they do celebrate Halloween. The Dutch celebrate it on the 11th of November instead of the 31st of October. The kids go door to door just like here, except, they only wear masks, no costumes. And instead of saying trick or treat, they sing songs for candy, at all of their neighbors. They get as much or more candy then I did as a kid here. So, I guess they do celebrate Halloween
But why on November 11th? Any idea MHD?

:-)
I'll figure it out when I get there. I have no idea. lol. I am supposed to raid the stores here for halloween stuff before I come next week. So, timing is perfect, I will catch all the after halloween sales, and take them a bunch of stuff. They have two small children that will be very happy. Donnie and Demi will have more tricks and treats then they know what to do with. And I get to hand out american candy to all the neighbor kids in Beverwijk. Should be a hoot.

milehigh
It's not Halloween, but St. Martijn. It's actually a religious holiday if I'm not mistaken, but kids do go around and sing for candy in masks. It has nothing to do with scaring or horror.
Gadreels right. Here is what I found.

This is the story of why we celebrate Saint Martin. It was a dark and stormy night. Martin was quite alone on that dark stormy night. He only had a cloak and a singular piece of bread. He was returning home when suddenly a poor and homeless man appeared in the darkness. Martin felt pity for the man and gave him half his piece of bread, and half his cloak and offered him hospitality in his home. Now he is called St Martin and is known for his kindness to the stranger. That is why we celebrate Saint Martin's Day.

also,

Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat" in England and the US . People in Holland go around getting treats by ringing on some doorbells singing songs for which they are given sweets or tangerines. They go around with lanterns and here is one the songs they sing:



Elf November is de dag,
Dat mijn lichtje,
Dat mijn lichtje.
Elf November is de dag,
Dat mijn lichtje branden mag.

Words to Sint Maarten Song


Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten,
De koeien hebben staarten,
De meisjes hebben rokjes aan,
Daar komt Sint Martinus aan!

milehigh
Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat" in England and the US . Trick or Treat is a relatively new concept in the U.K. When I was a kid (1960's) it was called mischief night and you went round with your turnip lantern putting dogshit on door handles and bangers through letterboxes etc, but we never knocked on doors cadging for sweets!

Peace, Des.
In predominantely catholic countries like France, Halloween is the lead-in to All Saints Day which is on the 1st of November. I don't remember all the details, but I was told that Halloween was originally a Catholic holiday. The children also trick or treat in France on Halloween.
Here is more about the history of halloween.

http://wilstar.net/holidays/hallown.htm
Gadreels right. Here is what I found.

This is the story of why we celebrate Saint Martin. It was a dark and stormy night. Martin was quite alone on that dark stormy night. He only had a cloak and a singular piece of bread. He was returning home when suddenly a poor and homeless man appeared in the darkness. Martin felt pity for the man and gave him half his piece of bread, and half his cloak and offered him hospitality in his home. Now he is called St Martin and is known for his kindness to the stranger. That is why we celebrate Saint Martin's Day.

also,

Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat" in England and the US . People in Holland go around getting treats by ringing on some doorbells singing songs for which they are given sweets or tangerines. They go around with lanterns and here is one the songs they sing:



Elf November is de dag,
Dat mijn lichtje,
Dat mijn lichtje.
Elf November is de dag,
Dat mijn lichtje branden mag.

Words to Sint Maarten Song


Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten,
De koeien hebben staarten,
De meisjes hebben rokjes aan,
Daar komt Sint Martinus aan!

milehigh

Wow, impressive research MH. Thank you, I have not heard this before and it's always good to be able to add to my knowledge of my favourite country.

:-)
Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat" in England and the US . Trick or Treat is a relatively new concept in the U.K. When I was a kid (1960's) it was called mischief night and you went round with your turnip lantern putting dogshit on door handles and bangers through letterboxes etc, but we never knocked on doors cadging for sweets!

Peace, Des.

Lol Des, I grew up in the UK in the 50's/60's too but don't remember doping anything like that! I'm wondering just which bit of the UK YOU were in!

:-)
Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat" in England and the US . Trick or Treat is a relatively new concept in the U.K. When I was a kid (1960's) it was called mischief night and you went round with your turnip lantern putting dogshit on door handles and bangers through letterboxes etc, but we never knocked on doors cadging for sweets!

Peace, Des.

Lol Des, I grew up in the UK in the 50's/60's too but don't remember doping anything like that! I'm wondering just which bit of the UK YOU were in!

:-)All through the sixties and part of the seventies I lived in a slum clearance area in a Lancashire mill town! It was rough, but fun! I bet the LADS in your area did similar things to us, but wouldn't have done anything so uncool as to involve GIRLS! lol.

Peace, Des.
Amsterdam already has an abundance of delicious treats of many sorts! And no tricks.
Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat" in England and the US . Trick or Treat is a relatively new concept in the U.K. When I was a kid (1960's) it was called mischief night and you went round with your turnip lantern putting dogshit on door handles and bangers through letterboxes etc, but we never knocked on doors cadging for sweets!

Peace, Des.

Lol Des, I grew up in the UK in the 50's/60's too but don't remember doping anything like that! I'm wondering just which bit of the UK YOU were in!

:-)All through the sixties and part of the seventies I lived in a slum clearance area in a Lancashire mill town! It was rough, but fun! I bet the LADS in your area did similar things to us, but wouldn't have done anything so uncool as to involve GIRLS! lol.

Peace, Des.

Lol Des! I grew up in Birmingham right next door to the Cadburys factory and it too was rough; we were poor but we were happy! But I was more one of the 'lads' than some of the boys were so if that had been one of the things we did I'd have been involved too! Oh! Happy memories!

:-)
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