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jueves, 24 de octubre de 2013

Today's Halloween traditions

    The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and
families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighbourhood and be given ale, food, and money.
     The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots.
Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Write on your notebook the following exercise and show it to your teacher in class

Find the words in the text that mean:
1.To stop something from happening or someone from doing something ________
2.Happening in or related to this world and this physical life _______________
3.To prevent further disagreement in arguments or war by giving to the other side an
advantage that they have demanded __________________.
4.A food made from a mixture of flour, flat and water and which is baked_______
5.To have existed a particular lenght of time or since a particular time____________
6.Moving about or travelling, especially without a clear idea of what you are going to
7.Any of various type of beer, typically one that is dark and bitter______________
8.To start doing a particular activity _______________

Now you can have a look at the slideshow Sandra has done to show us how American people celebrate Halloween.  

If you want to get some extra listening practice, visit this link and learn more about Halloween.

Finally, why don't you try this game to prove you know how to spell difficult words.

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