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Ah, The Witches of Salem

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Stacy Schiff does a masterful job in this piece from Sunday’s NYT of explaining how Salem, Mass., did “repackage a tragedy as a holiday, appointing itself ‘Witch City’ in the process.” Was pleased to learn that Halloween derives from a Celtic harvest festival. Recalled being in Lafayette, La., Nov. 1 years ago and families coming out to the cemeteries to clean the ancestral grave markers as part of All Saints Day. Nightime picture is Halloween observance in Salem.  The other is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

 

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