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The History Of Halloween


Halloween, a well known Festival to celebrate by all of us. It has become a tradition as well as trend, especially among the youngsters for a lot of time. Even adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints. But there lies a History behind wearing Fancy Costumes and guising around the neighborhood for Trick-or-Treat.

 

It's that time of year once again, Halloween u...

It’s that time of year once again, Halloween ushers in the best holiday of the Holiday season! Taken at La Mesa Oktoberfest in 2007 but still relevant every Halloween. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It was first originated in European Countries like – United Kingdom, Ireland, northern France by The Celts, around 2,000 years ago. They called ‘Samhain’ (pronounced as ‘snow-en’), which was celebrated at the end of the Celtic year i.e. on the night before (or simple say, the eve of) 1st November, signaled the end of summer, the harvest season, and even the death of Ancient Pagan Celtics. Samhain was considered a magical holiday, and a lot of stories were mentioned about the Celtics practice and beliefs during this festival. Some said the spirits of those that had died in that year, were unleashed and offerings of food and drink were left to aid the spirits in order to ward them away. While others and mostly said, they used to dress up in scary costumes and roam the neighborhoods making noise to scare the spirits away. A sacred, central bonfire was always lit to honor the Pagan gods. It was said that Fortunes were told by the sacred bonfire, and marked stones thrown into it. There was another custom to extinguish the home fires. Some say the reason home fires were extinguished is to scare away evil spirits from homes, while others say that home fires were supposed to be lit from embers from the sacred bonfire to start the New Year.

 

As far as “Trick-or-Treat” tradition came into this festival, it was originated by some of the Celts who wore costumes of animal skulls and skins and roamed around during Samhain, dressed as beggars asking for food door to door. Those that gave food to the faeries were rewarded by them, were punished otherwise.

 

Photo of a Halloween trick-or-treater, Redford...

Photo of a Halloween trick-or-treater, Redford, Michigan, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Later in the First century A.D., the Roman Empire invaded most of the Celtic lands. The Romans had two festivals also celebrated for Pomona, the Roman goddess of trees and fruit, at the same time of year as Samhain. These were combined with Samhain in the Celtic lands during 400 years of Roman Reign over the Celts. Now that’s why, The apple (Symbol of Goddess Pomona) probably became the root of the Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples and other manipulations of the fruit which were thought to predict the fortuned future, on this night of Samhain.

 

As The Christianity had spread over the Celtic and the Roman regions over the next several hundred years, The Christian church disliked this festival and demanded a replacement. About in 835 A.D., Pope Gregory IV moved  the date of All Saints Day (honouring dead church saints and martyrs) to November 1, which probably took the attention away from the Pagan Samhain festival. However, many Pagan traditions of Samhain were still continued to be practiced. All Saints Day was also known as All Hallowmas in Old English. As Samhain was celebrated the eve night before November 1, this celebration was therefore, known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. In the year 1000 A.D., the church designated November 2 as All Souls Day, to honour the death of non-saints.

 

Even “Jack o’lanterns” has a storyline from the past. In Irish myth, a drunker known as “Stingy Jack”, tricked the devil most of times in his life. But after his death, he was not allowed in heaven or in hell. However, The devil taking pity of Jack and gave him an ember to light his way on his eternal walks on Earth, carried in a hollowed out turnip. The Celtics used a hollowed out rutabaga to carry an ember from the sacred Samhain bonfire home to light their home fires.

 

Jack-o-lantern

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This festival was not so popular in early United States history though, as it was considered mostly a Catholic, Episcopalian, and Pagan holiday, and therefore largely ignored. However, in the southern colonies, such as Virginia and Maryland, there were some traces of Halloween customs observed. They called it “play parties” where people neighborhoods celebrated together by dancing, singing, telling fortunes and even stories of the dead. By the mid 1800’s, most of the Irish immigrants, mostly Catholics brought many Halloween traditions with them. The pumpkin, which was very plentiful in the New World, became the face of Jack o’lanterns These holidays (Halloween and All Saints Day) were later being published on public calendars, magazines and newspapers, to publicize these festivals, which soon became popular in the United States more as a community and family holiday, rather than one of great religious and supernatural importance. As days passed by and the popularity increased in the twentieth century, they became highly community centered with parties city-wide, parades, and great costumes.

 

This holiday is mostly aimed to children, but still enjoyable young and old enjoy, with events and parties for everybody. A lot of teenagers and young adults get together wearing costumes of Ghosts, Gods, Action Heroes or even any Famous Celebrity and have a special Halloween Party whole night. In a nutshell, we all celebrate this spooky but special festival to amuse and scare children (and some adults) to get everybody in the “spirit” of Halloween.

 

English: Candy or trick . Svenska: Bus eller g...

English: Candy or trick . Svenska: Bus eller godis i Sverige. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

References:-

 

Halloween Wiki Page :-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

 

The History of Halloween :-  http://www.history.com/topics/halloween

 

American Celebrate Holidays :- http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/modern/jb_modern_hallowen_1.html

 

The History and Customs of Halloween :- http://wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm

 


Sketching Graffiti in Bengali


Heyy guys !!

I’m back again with my artwork.  Many of you might remember that, how’d I celebrated Durga Puja festival last year with my College Classroom board and chalks. 😛 But due to my prior engagements in Busy College Assignment Work and some other personal works, I have hardly got time to celebrate Durga Puja this year. 😦

However, I’ve got something really interesting to show y’all. I’ve made this Artwork few months ago. It just simply a Graffiti writtenDabangg (meaning : Brave) in Bengali language, with the help of Blue-n’-Black Ball-Point Pens. 😉

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“Dabanng” written in Bengali

Hopefully, y’all have like this piece of work and don’t forget to post you reviews.

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This artwork  has been posted in Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketches

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Top 10 Technical Resume Writing Tips


Need help creating or updating your resume? It certainly can be complicated because your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers. Review these top resume tips for choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes. Trust me it really worked well for me during my placement sessions and in future, and so do it would help you out in achieving success.

Let’s take a look on some of important tips and tricks to write a good enough resume:-

  • List your technical knowledge first, in an organized way. Your technical strengths must stand out clearly at the beginning of your resume. Ultimately, your resume is going to be read by a thoughtful human being, but before it gets to that point it often has to be categorized by an administrative clerk, and make its way past various sorts of key word searches. Therefore, you should list as many directly relevant buzz words as you can which reflect your knowledge and experience. List all operating systems and UNIX flavors you know.
  • List all programming languages and platforms with which you’re experienced. List all software you are skilled with. Make it obvious at a glance where your strengths lie – whether the glance is from a hiring manager, a clerk, or a machine.
  • List your qualifications in order of relevance, from most to least. Only list your degree and educational qualifications first if they are truly relevant to the job for which you are applying. If you’ve already done what you want to do in a new job, by all means, list it first, even if it wasn’t your most recent job. Abandon any strict adherence to a chronological ordering of your experience.
  • Quantify your experience wherever possible. Cite numerical figures, such as monetary budgets/funds saved, time periods/efficiency improved, lines of code written/debugged, numbers of machines administered/fixed, etc. which demonstrate progress or accomplishments due directly to your work.
  • Begin sentences with action verbs. Portray yourself as someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets things done. Stick with the past tense, even for descriptions of currently held positions, to avoid confusion.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. This is by far the biggest mistake of all resumes, technical and otherwise. Your experiences are worthy for review by hiring managers. Treat your resume as an advertisement for you. Be sure to thoroughly “sell” yourself by highlighting all of your strengths. If you’ve got a valuable asset which doesn’t seem to fit into any existing components of your resume, list it anyway as its own resume segment.
  • Be concise. As a rule of thumb, resumes reflecting five years or less experience should fit on one page. More extensive experience can justify usage of a second page. Consider three pages (about 15 years or more experience) an absolute limit. Avoid lengthy descriptions of whole projects of which you were only a part. Consolidate action verbs where one task or responsibility encompasses other tasks and duties. Minimize usage of articles (the, an, a) and never use “I” or other pronouns to identify yourself.
  • Omit needless items. Leave all these things off your resume: social security number, marital status, health, citizenship, age, scholarships, irrelevant awards, irrelevant associations and memberships, irrelevant publications, irrelevant recreational activities, a second mailing address (“permanent address” is confusing and never used), references, reference of references (“available upon request”), travel history, previous pay rates, previous supervisor names, and components of your name which you really never use (i.e. middle names).
  • Have a trusted friend review your resume. Be sure to pick someone who is attentive to details, can effectively critique your writing, and will give an honest and objective opinion. Seriously consider their advice. Get a third and fourth opinion if you can.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. Be sure to catch all spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual punctuation, and inconsistent capitalizations. Proofread it numerous times over at least two days to allow a fresh eye to catch any hidden mistakes.
  • Laser print it on plain, white paper. Handwriting, typing, dot matrix printing, and even ink jet printing look pretty cheesy. Stick with laser prints. Don’t waste your money on special bond paper, matching envelopes, or any color deviances away from plain white. Your resume will be photocopied, faxed, and scanned numerous times, defeating any special paper efforts, assuming your original resume doesn’t first end up in the circular file.

Megadeth – Graffiti on Board


Heyy guys !!

I’m back again with my artwork and I guess it’s been a long time around 3-4 months of hiatus. Kinda busy in Summer Internships and Placement Session. I know it really sucks in being too much work alcoholic and plus, I can’t keep my promises that much. Despicable me !! 😛

But what amazes me that even in my absence, my blog count is still running with a pace of around 80-100 hits per day and 2500+ hits every month. That’s a nice web stats as this really proves my blog followers and even new visitors are stopping by here without my promotion in other websites. That’s the only thing which makes me to come here again whatever the lap time takes.

Anyways, back to business. Well this time, I’ve made a simple Graffiti Calligraphy dedicated to one of the Thrash Metal Legends Megadeth in my familiar college class board within 20 minutes. This band is really awesome. I am really in love the guitar tunes by their frontman Dave Mustaine. Some of my favorite songs are : “Holy Wars“, “Symphony Of Destruction“, “Mechanix” and “Public Enemy No.1“. Plus, they are going to perform a gig in my city Delhi tonight. Yippeee !! XD

Enough Talking, now just take a look fellas !! 😀

Megadeth Graffiti

Megadeth Graffiti

Again, the college board  has been screwed.

But what can I say fellas? This is what college life is and even y’all know it. 😉

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This artwork  has been posted in Sunday Sketches

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Psy – Gangnam Style


Well Guys, check this Folks !! 😉

This K-Pop video is running Viral for since 3 months. Though you have listened to the various Electropop songs with DJ beats these days many times and won’t get the Korean lyrics at all, but the Videography and mainly, Choreography make this shit funny. 😛

This is very famous Youtube sensational song “Gangnam Style”, sung by Korean Rapper named ” Psy “ in his own native Korean language.  This song has become a latest cult among the music listeners worldwide and the virus spread in Indian Sub-continent few weeks ago as well. I really dunno how he invented that dance step. I thought at the first time that he might got inspired with Tollywood (South Indian movies) Dance. But later on, you’ll notice that after watching 2-3 times that he is trying to ride a horse like a Cowboy.

However, I won’t praise too much about the song, as honestly speaking, it won’t get any Grammy for that. 😛 But, the Reason still I’ve chosen this song that You Oughta Listen is that apart from those hypes and over 450 million and running Youtube views, It has some Fun to Enjoy and. Secondly, It is way better than that crappy lame Kolaveri Di song. At least, Psy has some singing and dancing talent than Dhanush. 😛

You can’t go through its lyrics unless you really know Korean, but there are few English phrases like “Sexy Lady”, “What I’m Saying”, “Baby” (not Justin Bieber :P) and of course “Gangnam Style” (at least the Second Word is English :P). Luckily I got the English Translation from the net. And DAMN !! The Lyrics is not bad. I would definitely follow this guy more. Hopefully, he bring up with English songs as he become Global now and could give a big competition to most of the mainstream Sellout Pop Artists. Even I won’t wanna see him as One Hit Wonder.

However, Just in case you’ve not seen it yet, Kindly take a look on this song. 8)

<— Music Video —>

<— Lyrics —>

Oppa is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and humanle during the day
A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays
A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensable girl like that

I’m a guy
A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes
A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two
On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m saying
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

Listen and Download ” Gangnam Style” by ” Psy ” MP3