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Old 12 November 2009, 06:27 PM
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Well, maybe they want to keep All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (or Day of the Dead - November 2) for the Church. In most Catholic countries, this is a major holiday, with everyone going to the cemetaries and put flowers on their relatives' graves.
Interesting. I'm not familiar with those days.

For the florists, it is one of the happiest moments of the year, equal only to St. Valentine's.

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Anyway, the Vatican is overreacting, at least as far as Europe's concerned: in most of the continent, it's frowned upon as a pure money-making thing, artificially implanted to boost sales before the Great Christmas spend-fest. After an initial success in the late 90ies due to its novelty appeal, Halloween has quickly faded into a non-event again. In most Catholic countries, *the* great, purely pagan festival the Church never managed to cancel is Mardi Gras (and it's followed by one month of penitence - Lent). All things considered, maybe the Vatican doesn't want to tolerate a second heathen moment of fun in the year.
I take it that Halloween is not as popular in Europe as it is in North America?
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