[Sca-cooks] OT/OOP "Begging for Thanksgiving"

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Wed Nov 4 13:56:06 PST 2009

On Nov 4, 2009, at 4:32 PM, Audrey Bergeron-Morin wrote:
> This is one of the things for which Wikipedia is useful. I remember  
> reading
> a lot about Beggars' Night and such. Most of these traditions seem  
> to have
> been regional, occuring at different dates somewhere around this  
> time of
> year, sometimes the night before Halloween, sometimes November 1 or 2,
> sometimes at Thanksgiving.

It's also interesting to look at the number of holidays celebrated by  
some form of begging or other profitable door-to-door activity, like  
singing the Wren Song in Ireland on St. Stephen's Day, Wassailing or  
Christmas caroling, the First Communion collection mentioned in  
"Angela's Ashes" (I had never heard of that one before), and, of  
course, trick-or-treating...


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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