31 / 10 / 2003

Hello everybody. Today's lesson is about Halloween, which is celebrated on October 31st.

Today's lesson includes:
1) An expression with a Halloween-related word (skeleton).
2) A brief history of Halloween and some informative Internet links with more information.

1. TODAY'S HALLOWEEN EXPRESSION is: To have a skeleton in your cupboard (United States:To have a skeleton in your closet).

Meaning: A skeleton in the cupboard is an embarrassing secret about your past that you don't want anyone to know about.

Example 1:
If you want to be a successful politician you can't have too many skeletons in your cupboard.

Example 2:
After just 6 months of marriage, Lisa and Bob got a divorce. Apparently, Bob had quite a few skeletons in his cupboard.

Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en, especially in UK English) is generally considered to be a typical 'US Holiday.' However, its origins are European.

There is lots of disagreement as to the exact origin of Halloween, but most believe that the modern celebration of Halloween is a VERY distant descendant of the ancient Celtic fire festival called Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in'). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts (pronounced 'Kelts') lived more than 2,000 years ago in what is now Great Britain, Ireland, and France. Their new year began on November 1.

At the following link you can find more information about the history of Halloween: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

Have a great day!