OK, but everybody thinks of Halloween, can’t we try a little change of pace once in a while?
But this isn’t just a historical date, in Nevada it’s a big deal. Nevada’s
capital, Carson City hosts numerous events such as a parade, costume and beard contests, music, fun and more. In years gone by there was also a big football game between Carson High and Reno…
Many of the festivities continue to this day, and needless to say it’s a holiday for most, but there is one very interesting component that has arisen in recent years: The politicians have gotten involved.
For nearly a century all of the celebrations went down on October 31st, but a few years ago the Legislature in their infinite wisdom changed the observance to the last Friday in October so that there would always be a three-day weekend. If you are a purist, this is ridiculous, but even for the more pragmatic among us it really looks dumb this year.
This year, in order to assure that Nevada Day is part of a three-day weekend, the observance has been moved from Monday to the preceding Friday… and the parade moved from Monday to Friday… and then to Saturday!
Isn’t it great when politicians get involved?
Well, if Nevada Day isn’t a great alternative to the norm for you, there is another day that could work…
It’s October 31st… Happy
Historians consider this to be the event that sparked the Reformation which changed the course of European (and later American) history.
Luther had no intention at that time of challenging the whole Catholic Church; rather he had concerns and posted the 95 Theses as debate and discussion topics for scholarly review. You see, he was a college professor and he posted them on the church door at his university. The act of posting subjects on the door was not a defiant act, but more like what we might do by posting a topic on an internet message board.
Of course in 1517 this sort of thing could get out of hand in a hurry… and let’s just say ‘the rest is history’. For those who desire more detailed information… just follow the links in this post.
But then, if you must be conventional, then there’s always Halloween. I’m not all that crazy about Halloween because of its pagan origins and symbols. There are certain elements of it that are just plain evil in my view. Witches, ghouls, goblins, murder and mayhem really aren’t children’s playthings… and they aren’t funny either.
When my kids were young, I compromised by letting them participate in the candy and fun part, but I explained the dark side when they were old enough, and I didn’t let them get involved with it. Was this the right course of action? I still struggle with it. These days, I’m more inclined to see it the way Mark Brown does in this video:
So, to sum it all up, October 31st can mean many things to many people. Some are good, some not as good, and a few are just good old-fashioned fun. What is October 31st for you?
Hey, look on the bright side: This year there’s always Monday Night Football!