You know it’s spooky, creepy, and full of candy, but here are 5 things you didn’t know about Halloween!
- The beginnings were creepy. With roots in pagan, Christian and possibly even Egyptian rituals, the exact origins of Halloween are murkier than a witch’s brew. The ancient Celtic festival Samhain, where revellers dressed in drag or wore cattle hides to scare off the roaming dead, is thought to have kick-started modern-day costume traditions.
- There are other ways to celebrate. While Halloween as we know it is a Canadian and American tradition, many other countries celebrate the passing of dead spirits in late October and early November. On Mexico’s Day of the Dead, graveyards are flooded with people tidying relatives’ graves and bringing offerings of food, flowers and tequila. Some even stay to picnic and party.
- Halloween was once a time for prayer. Believe it or not, Christian leaders originally set aside the holy days of October 31 through November 2 as reminders for churches to pray. And pray they did!
- Romance once ruled halloween. Halloween, it seems, was not always about ghosties and goblins and witches galore. Once upon a time, the 31st of October reigned as a holiday of romance and hopes for marriage.
- People believed costumes served a purpose. Nowadays we call it “cosplay” (costume play), but in its heyday, dressing up for Halloween was called “guising”—as in “disguising.” Some folks of the Reformation Era wore “guises” meant to mimic the great saints of the Christian faith. The thinking was, with all those malicious spirits about, it was best to disguise oneself as Saint Peter or Mother Mary.
The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually
According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.
“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.
“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.
The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.
Catch The Arab Premiere For Short Movie Henet Ward During Cairo Film Festival
Egypt’s short movie ‘Henet Ward’ will have its MENA premiere at Cairo Film Festival, where it will compete with other movies.
The movie has participated in more than 95 international festivals around the world in (50 different countries) including 20 festivals that qualify for the Oscar and BAFTA and the film has won 12 international awards since its world premiere in the official competition of the “Clermont Ferrand International Festival” in France.
The movie is directed by Murad Mostafa and will be competing in the Cairo Film Festival.
Henet Ward tackles the life of “Halima”, a Sudanese henna painter living in Egypt. She goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding and her 7 years old daughter “Ward” accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place.
The movie also stars Emad Goniem, Halima, and Hagar Mahmoud, among others.
The following are the screening times for the movie:
Sunday December 6th | 3:30 PM | Hanager cinema hall in the Egyptian Opera House
Monday, December 7th | 1:00 PM | Odeon 2 cinema downtown
Share with us what you think of the movie when you catch the premiere!
Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy Wins Two Awards From the Australian Cinematography Society
Egyptian DOP Ahmed Al Morsy has won two prestigious awards from the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS) and with that, marking his third win in a row and bringing his total number of awards to nine since he joined as a member back in 2017.
Al-Morsy received the Golden Award of Corporate Branding and Advertising for his video “Same Great Feelings,” which he also directed for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt. He also won the Silver Award of John Bowring for Breaks and Promos for the Egyptian TV Channel Identity, where he used Ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
This win brings his total number of both international and regional awards to 22! An honorable achievement that he managed to do in the past 10 years.
These awards were granted for a number of his work including: Messages From The Sea (2010), The Party (2013), The Blue Elephant (2014), The Originals (2017), Diamond Dust (2018), and Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers, which generated more than EGP 102 million, making it the highest grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema.
Al Morsy is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).
His latest work is the movie Al Aref: Awdat Younis, directed by Ahmad Alaa Aldeeb and starring Ahmed Ezz, the movie will release soon in cinemas.
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