What a very cool infographic we have here, Dotty. I’m partial to any infographic that focuses on the origin of holidays–I’ll admit that. But I think by any standard this is an infographic of the highest order. It’s chock full of facts about Halloween.
Ever wondered about the origins of that certain holiday that’s right around the corner? The greatest holiday in the history of human civilization to be precise…Well, wonder no more. The holiday has its origins with the Celts, who celebrated the last day of October as Samhain–the final day of their calendar year. Sidebar: I hope after the world ends during the winter solstice of 2012 we can revert back to the Celts calendar. I much preferred that calendar over the current one. (Yes, I’m very old. My uncle was a Spinosaurus.) By 43 AD, the Romans had conquered the Celtics, and to torture the Celts by mutilating their traditions, they decided to merge Samhain with a holiday to celebrate the goddess of fruit. Fast forward to 800 AD. Pope Boniface IV decided to designate November 1st as All Saints Day, making October 31st All-hallows Eve. Now, there’s a huge gap between 800 AD and the early 1800′s that’s glossed over, but putting that aside for the moment (I’ll discuss it in the grading portion), the 1800′s was a time for Halloween to officially became a community holiday. Costumes, parties etc. entered into the mix in that era, and by the 1950′s, businesses had fully commercialized the holiday.
So, what are the ingredients in candy corn? (Good for your teeth. Good for your soul). Well, I know this may shock you, but 55% of the candy is composed of sugar. Let me send you another shockwave. 14.8% of the treat is made up of corn syrup. Wait, I’m not done sending shocks through your system. Unsalted butter comprises 7.29% of the snack. How bout them apples? (candy apples). Speaking of candy apples, how come they haven’t been given any love by this graphic? Yes, why don’t we examine the flaws in this graphic now. Let’s begin the grading roundup segment.
I applaud the maker of this graphic. The design is fresh, grabs you in, and never lets go. It’s a joyride that ends with the sweet, sweet fruit of a candy corn.
I would have awarded an A, but I had one small issue with timeline segment. The creators decided to leave the 1,000 years between the year 800 and 1800 unmentioned. I was intrigued by the history lesson and wanted to hear a bit more.
Overall, a very nice graphic.
Graphic supplied by classesandcareers.com.