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The Origins of Halloween

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Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition and is now characterised by community-based child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season.

samhainHalloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

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Have a good Halloween!!

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in DMC

 

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Tuesday Tech Day – Brookstone’s Mobile Pocket Projector

I love technology and one of the things that I have recently started to use is this Brookstone Projector.  The projector is great for presentations and even showing some movies or promotional materials at events.

  • Projects bright, sharp images up to 80″ diagonal,Accepts 1080p and 1080i video input,
  • Rechargeable and portable,
  • Connects via HDMI cable to most smartphones, tablets, computers, video players, cameras,
  • 2 hours on a single charge,
  • Dual built-in speakers and focus control,
  • Rechargeable battery doubles as a USB backup battery for your smartphone devices,
  • Includes HDMI cable, Micro HDMI adapter, Mini HDMI adapter and AC adapter.

BrookstoneI would really suggest to get the tripod and the adapter so that you can put it straight on the desk and connect to your ipad, iphone, PC etc. It is definitely worth the money. Here are some more details. The cost of the projector is $299 but I am sure that they have some specials from time to time. For more information click this link HDMI Pocket Projector

If you are using any great technology that makes your life easier while working with meetings and incentives, please let us know at inspireus@miceport.com

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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in MICEport LLC, Technology

 

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