August 15th, 2006

A new Halloween tidbit

Just because The Halloween Encyclopedia has now been out for a couple of years, it doesn't mean I've stopped researching the history of the holiday.

Yesterday I had the singular thrill of stumbling on an entirely new fact about the day. This came from an 1869 book on alcoholic drinks (Cups and Their Customs), which had a passage on the traditional Halloween drink "lambs wool" (a mix of - gulp - ale, pulped apples and spices). According to this book, the name derived from the name of a harvest angel, "La Mas-Ubal", who was celebrated on November 1st.

I've already done a bit of research on this, and have found another reference to "La Mas Ubal" as translating to "the day of the apple fruit". I have no idea what the original language would be (Gaelic would be an obvious choice, but that doesn't look particularly Gaelic).

Can you tell I love research?