occupy ireland

A wall mural in Belfast, occupied Northern Ireland, dedicated to solidarity between the Black American struggle and the Irish struggle for freedom.

To defeat Trump’s fascist policies, we must unite our struggles. As understood by this solidarity, an injury to one is an injury to all, united we stand divided we fall.

Via Ed Childs

anonymous asked:

I was wondering if Jack knows the origin of Halloween

Hee hee, but of course! What sort of Pumpkin King would I be if I didn’t?

Hallowe’en as we know it today has a variety of inspirations from many different cultures. But regarding the Holiday itself, we need look no further than the Celts and the areas they occupied - Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France, mainly. Samhain (one of the names it was known by) was a feast day celebrated between October 31st and November 1st. Did you know it was the start of the New Year for them? Since the day to them started at night and brightened, it only made for the year to start during the longest nights and ‘brighten’ into longer days.

But I side-track! Several large traditions associated with Hallowe’en - such as carving turnips and wearing scary disguises - come from here. In fact, it is this time of year that the barrier between the human world and the spirit world is at its thinnest, which is how spirits were able to easily travel between the worlds. That is where my duties began actually, but that is another unrelated topic to your question.

As for the name? That would be the influence of a Catholic Pope. Many so-called ‘pagan’ traditions were incorporated into their religions in an effort to promote conversions. All Hallow’s Evening - October 31st - was considered the first night of Allhallowtide, which were three nights dedicated to honouring the dead. This eventually shortened to ‘Hallowe’en’.

Of course, this is only a short introduction. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask! I would be more than happy to inform you!