To learn more about the history of Halloween, watch the short National Geographic video below about the history of Halloween. It’s a great listening exercise! And to make it easier, I have included a list of difficult vocabulary at the bottom of this post.
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Vocabulary (in order of appearance)
- communion: (here) the sharing / exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially on a mental or spiritual level
- pranks: a trick or practical joke at the expense of someone else
- patchwork: made up of many parts
- stitched together: put together, combined of
- to span: (here) to extend across a period of time, here centuries
- harvest season: the time of the year when farmers bring in their crops, for example wheat, corn, etc.
- veil: (here) something that separates and hides something:
- to gather: to come together in a group
- Bonfire: a large fire made outdoors
- to frown on something: to disapprove of something
- pagan ritual: a spiritual ritual not belonging to any of the big religions in the world
- to merge: to combine together to make one thing out of it.
- church sanctioned holiday: a holiday approved by the church
- to designate: (here) to name or label something formally
- martyr: someone who died for their religious beliefs
- deceased: (here) someone who has (recently) died
- a calculated move: an action done with full awareness of the likely consequences
- to bring someone into the fold: (here) to gain more Christian followers
- customs: (here) traditional activities
- extortion: (here) the practice of getting something, here sweets, through force or threats:
- bribes: (here) a gift to the children to stop the tricks /vandalism
Video source: National Geographic on Youtube