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Halloween In Canada - Festival Of The Very Stupid


The folks over at Humor Bloggers Dot Com are celebrating all things ghoulish and gobliny - with the odd zombie thrown in - all week during their Halloween Humor Carnival. In keeping with that theme, today I've decided to take a look at something that scares the bejeezus out of most Canadians...


Few people know of the Canadian connection to Halloween. Were you aware of the secret society in the Haunted House of Commons that worships at the feet of the electorate? Oh yes. According to that well-known and respected source of information - dufuspedia - Halloween has it's origins in the ancient political festival known as election which is derived from Lower Canada and means "sanity's end".


The celebration has some elements of a "festival of the very stupid". The ancient Lower Canadians believed the border between bad government, this world, and good government, or Otherworld, became thin at election, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The nation's ancestors were honoured and invited to form a government whilst harmful, sitting politicians were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the signing of cardboard ballots with Xs. Today this is known as "craps".


In Canada's last Halloween the following ghosts and goblins "crossed over".

Stephen "Kiss Me Quick" Harper - masquerading as a Prime Minister




Michael Enigmatieff - leader of the Official Nanny, Nanny, Boo-boos



Gilles "Boo" Duceppe - leader of the Bloc Heads



Jack O'Lantern Layton - NDP (National Demon Party) Leader



Of course the scariest aspect of this festival is the day after Halloween known as Save All Our Souls Day, otherwise known as the day after the election.

Comments

Me-Me King said…
I'm sorry, after seeing Gene Simmons' tongue, I didn't hear a word you said.
nonamedufus said…
Me-Me: That's okay. That's bound to happen if he sticks his tongue in your ear.
CatLadyLarew said…
Talk about some scary costumes! No way am I trick or treating in Canada this year!
nonamedufus said…
CatLady: I thought they might get you running. Scary stuff, eh?
Ha! My birthday is on ALL SOULS DAY, or as I like to call it All Saints Day.

Fitting, no? :)
nonamedufus said…
Chelle: I left the church a long time ago and it shows. Turns out All Saints Day is November 1 and All Souls Day is November 2.

Fitting you were born on All Saints Day? Absolulely, boss *bows three times and crosses himself*
Don said…
One thing for sure is here in the states when Halloween is over the politicians masks comes off and he shows his true colors. Assholes!
nonamedufus said…
Don: Only after Halloween? What have they been doing up to now?
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Leeuna said…
Ooooo. Scary stuff, this thing you call politics. Actually the only thing more scary than a sitting politician is one who is talking...out loud.
John J Savo said…
I freakin' hate Halloween. I'd hate it even more if I was in Canada.
nonamedufus said…
Leeuna: Oh, good point. You are absolutely right.
nonamedufus said…
John: Ha ha, well you're about to get more of it. I'm writing about it all week. Hope that doesn't scare you off.
ReformingGeek said…
I'm just glad the tongue isn't as red as that tie! Man, scary post today. Where's my Teddy Bear?
Anonymous said…
Hey nona - I know I've been absentee... but I saw this pic today and thought of you and your caption game. :-)

http://regretfulmorning.com/2009/10/whats-going-on-in-this-pic/

Ms. Thirty Something
nonamedufus said…
RG: Ha, yeah, or as long!
nonamedufus said…
Ms 30?: Hey, good to see you. I typed that address into my browser but I couldn't access the pic. Sorry.
What an awesome pic of the Kiss, Harper fits in right away...haha!

Take care, Jay
nonamedufus said…
Jay: Would you believe that's an official PMO photo. Yeah, for real!
Knucklehead said…
KISS! You wanted the best, you got the best . . .

Hmm. That inspires a Halloween post of my own!
nonamedufus said…
DK: KISS my post!
I agree with you with your comment to Don. I think it's Halloween for politicians here in the states year-round. They all have their masks, hiding something -- sometimes illegal activity, mostly big paychecks at taxpayer expense. :(
nonamedufus said…
UR: It's a pretty sad commentary about politicians that the majority of people feel that way isn't it?
Anonymous said…
Hey nona - I know I've been absentee... but I saw this pic today and thought of you and your caption game. :-)

http://regretfulmorning.com/2009/10/whats-going-on-in-this-pic/

Ms. Thirty Something
Knucklehead said…
KISS! You wanted the best, you got the best . . .

Hmm. That inspires a Halloween post of my own!
What an awesome pic of the Kiss, Harper fits in right away...haha!

Take care, Jay

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