My pictures of Samhain Halloween march with ghosts vibrant from Hoxton to
Kingsland are now on the web.
Congratulations and thanks to Strangeworks
and Passing Clouds for
organizing such a fantastic evening.
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| page2 From his secret resting place beneath a basement in Curtin Road, near to
where Shakespeare had his first theatre the King emerges to lead the throng of
revellers from Hoxton Square in Shoreditch, to the heart of Dalston
Kingsland .. There at Ashwin Street, ghosts demons vampires and people party.
They only emerge to the world as the light of 1st November ..
Video of the march
There was also a belief that this night the boundaries between the worlds of the
dead and living were broken, allowing the deceased back to earth, and to ward
against their evil it was tradition to light large communal bonfires. This is
reminiscent of the Icelandic New Years Eve at the end of December when the
ghostly elves of our country, almost equally feared as trolls, would move
their dwellings and roam around the countryside. Then, like on the night of
Irish new-year, it is an old, established tradition to light bonfires that
burn into the new-year. I like to draw this parallel because in a discussion
with a friend recently we concluded that Halloween, or All-Hallow-Even, is
really the best and most appropriate time to celebrate new-year. This time of
year always seems to be a much bigger turning point in my life, and society in
general than the new-year we celebrate usually. I therefore have started a new
year as of last Thursday.
"And that day I had a slightly odd experience where I found myself
walking alone through Hackney for half an hour dressed in a dirty and torn
costume from the night before. A lone bride in a pale blue wedding dress with
a flowing full-length skirt and a giant lace turban garnished with a big white
by Ms. Bergerat