Czechs and Poles share the same language root of Slovak, yet Hungary in between the two countries has an entirely unique language base of Magyar. It puzzles me how this happened – I must read up further on the history of Eastern Europe. J
The icy breath of Autumn now kisses the raspberry and merlot coloured leaves of the tall and slender trees, changing them to honey, lemon and caramel before they fall gently denuding their hosts and carpeting the ground beneath. In the northern hemisphere harvest is being celebrated along with the changing colour of the landscape. Pumpkins and gourds a symbol of harvest time and are used throughout Czech and other parts of Europe, to decorate homes and businesses, celebrating the harvest.
Quite apart from, but alongside harvest time, is All Saints Day. People all over Europe will visit the graves of ancestors and lay wreaths on the graves before holding a family gathering party at a family members home to remember and honour their deceased loved ones. What a lovely tradition. It is easy to see how in the USA Halloween became confused with pumpkins.