My Long Running And Mostly Internal Debate On The Non-Existent Original South African Traditions (Part 2)

Shall I start on Guy Fawkes? He was a member of the group of Roman Catholic conspirators who had planned to assassinate King James I (James VI of Scotland) and all the members of both branches of the Parliament of England. To do this, the House of Lords was to be blown up during the formal opening of the 1605 session of Parliament. Following an interrogation, Fawkes and his co-conspirators were executed for treason. His capture is commemorated in Britain with Guy Fawkes Night. Huh? Why on earth to we “celebrate” this here too? For crying out loud we’ve been an independent country for years!
And don’t get me started on Halloween! I’ve been to my share of Halloween parties and done the dress up thing- everything from a witch to a hippie* that’s all it used to be. But it grows in popularity every year to the extent that many of the gated communities, golf estates and townhouse estates are even doing “trick or treating” now!! Halloween is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting candy. It is celebrated in much of the Western world, though most common in the United States, Puerto Rico, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and sometimes in Australia and New Zealand. Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought older versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century. Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the púca, a mischievous spirit. In Britain and Ireland in particular, the pagan Celts celebrated the Day of the Dead on All Hallows Day (1st November). The spirits supposedly rose from the dead and, in order to attract them, food was left on the doors. To scare off the evil spirits, the Celts wore masks. When the Romans invaded Britain, they embellished the tradition with their own, which is both a celebration of the harvest and of honoring the dead. Very much later, these traditions were transported to the United States and Canada and other places in the New World.
How about suggestions on things that are purely South African that we can build a party around- and if anyone even mentions Madiba, I’ll scream- I promise I will!

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