desperate1964's Journal, 01 November 2013

No Halloween here, yet.
In Lebanon, we don't celebrate Halloween like in the USA although this new tradition is slowly creeping up.
If I am not mistaken, Halloween is the "raising of the dead". People wear a disguise to "scare" each other. If they don't receive a "treat" they will do a "trick" on the homeowner.

In Lebanon, we Celebrate St Barbara's Day on December 4th. It Commemorates St. Barbara, who was a christian and was forbidden to practice her faith by her Atheist father, the King. So, he imprisoned her. In order to run away from him and her prison, she got a disguise and ran away. Hence the disguise and the tradition.
Children will go from house to house in disguise in the early evening. After knocking on the door, they will sing and dance songs for St Barbara's day. At the end, Children will receive money and/or special holiday treats (sweets). Lately, the chocolate and candy was added to the menu of sweets offered.
Some adults, will do the same but later in the evening. Adults will typically try to have fun with the host by asking him to guess. If a guy is disguised as a woman, he acts "flirtatious" with the hosts. The host must try to guess who his visitors are. Few minutes of fun, sweets are offered, and the "gang" moves on to another friends house.

My temptation with the candy has been postponed until December 4.

Happy Halloween to all my friends in the USA and in all the places where it is celebrated.

Diet Calendar Entries for 01 November 2013:
2146 kcal Fat: 68.10g | Prot: 108.12g | Carb: 292.92g.   Breakfast: Mouli D'or Multigrain Toast Croustillant, Candia Labneh zero fat, Cucumber (with Peel), Turkish Coffee. Lunch: Tomato Paste, Vegetable Oil, Cooked Pinto, Calico or Red Beans, 100% Whole Wheat Pita Bread, Red Tomatoes, Mixed Salad Greens, Cucumber (with Peel). Dinner: Thin Crust White Pizza, Mayonnaise, Bush's Best Black Beans, Skinless Chicken Breast. Snacks/Other: Trader Joe's Pomegranate Seeds, Plums, Famous Amos Chocolate Cookies, Plums, Granny Smith Apples. more...
3351 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 8 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Desk Work - 9 hours. more...


Aw, sounds fun. Keep us posted as the date gets closer, would love to hear if you went to any parties or anything. Have a great Friday! :) 
31 Oct 13 by member: waynem37
After taking our children on their early evening tour, Typically, people (mostly teenagers) come to my house, especially social groups, like the boy scouts or girls scouts or the local church groups. The are rewarded with $$$ money handsomely plus we offer candy. Some will use the money collected from their tours for their summer activities. Others will use the money for their own personal use. If the homeowner is of modest means, they might pay about $5 per group or $1/person. Well off homeowners will give about $50 per group or up to $20/person even (plus the candy). 
31 Oct 13 by member: desperate1964
Money plus candy - I would have wanted that deal! Lol :) 
31 Oct 13 by member: waynem37
December 4th..your ticket is on me. You can stay at our house. If I like your disguise and dances you will get money. Sorry No candy. I don't want to be accused of ruining your diet. 
31 Oct 13 by member: desperate1964
Awwww. It is raining out. I was on my way to do some gardening. What an excuse to be lazy and sit on my FS MOBILE app 
31 Oct 13 by member: desperate1964
lol :) 
31 Oct 13 by member: waynem37
In Canada, the Halloween traditions were brought here by the Scottish and Irish immigrants. (Celtic, pre Christianity) Many people believed that the ghosts of dead people could visit the living world on Halloween night. These spirits could harm the living or take them back to the underworld. To confuse the spirits, people would dress up if they had to go out that evening. Now, we do trick or treating rain (snow) or shine here on October 31st same as the states I believe:)  
01 Nov 13 by member: just_keep_swimming
Not only do we loose weight, we learn about each other's cultures and traditions. I have visited Canada several times (One Winnipeg and several times Montreal where I owned a carpet factory). I never learned anything about the Halloween tradition because my trips there did not coincide with this event. Thanks for the interesting info Ms. Just_keep_swimming. 
02 Nov 13 by member: desperate1964
No problem;) I love hearing about your culture too! I'll have to add Lebanon to my "must see" places. I had a couple friends when I was in highschool who were from Lebanon and adopted by Canadians. They were just babies when they came here so they shared the same customs. 
02 Nov 13 by member: just_keep_swimming
I LOVE Montréal, especially Old Montréal . My ancestors from the 1600s were from the area. There is a restaurant in the old part of the city- Le Keg- omg, incredible steak and lobster. It's about 5 1/2 hours from where I am- can you say "reward road trip" when I hit next goal............... :D 
02 Nov 13 by member: waynem37
Speaking of Old Montreal (Le vieux Montreal) is incredible. To this day, I still recal seeing "awe" when I entered Notre Dame in Monteal. The blue color coming from behind the alter. The sculptures, the paintings, that AWSOME alter. Let me know when you reach that goal and I will try o meet you there...crossing the Atlantic for an incredible steak and lobster..sounds like "Old habits don't die easy" may correct my proverb...By the way...English is a third language for me. So, some proverbs and some slang do not come easy.  
02 Nov 13 by member: desperate1964


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