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Tuesday the 31th of October, 2006
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2006

Good morning everybody. Happy Halloween!

Today's special Daily Vitamin 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

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.

2. THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN
Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en, especially in UK English) is generally considered to be a typical 'U.S. 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.

Here are some websites that you can visit for more information about the history of Halloween:

1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween (in English)

2) http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween (in Spanish)

For more websites, simply type 'Halloween' in the Google Search Engine and you will get millions of options.

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I'll see you on Thursday.