31th October (2021): Reformation Day

Reformation Day is a Protestant Christian religious holiday celebrated on 31 October, alongside All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) during the triduum of Allhallowtide, in remembrance of the onset of the Reformation. According to Philip Melanchthon, 31 October 1517 was the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire. Historians and other experts on the subject argue that Luther may have chosen All Hallows’ Eve on purpose to get the attention of common people, although that has never been proven. Available data suggest that 31 October was the day when Luther sent his work to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz. This has been verified; nowadays, it is regarded as the start of the Reformation alongside the unconfirmed (Melanchthon appears to be the only source for that) nailing of the Ninety-five Theses/grievances to All Saints’ Church’s door on the same date. The holiday is a significant one for both Lutheran and Calvinist Churches, although other Protestant communities also tend to commemorate the day. The Roman Catholic Church recognized it only recently, and often sends its official representatives in ecumenical spirit to various commemoration events held by Protestants. It is lawfully and officially recognized in some states of Germany and sovereign countries of Slovenia and Chile. In addition, countries like Switzerland and Austria provide specifics in laws pertaining to Protestant churches, while not officially proclaiming it a nationwide holiday.

🎃 ♬ A historical song (1972) for Halloween: STEVIE WONDER – Superstistion


Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders ’bout to fall,
Thirteen-months-old baby broke the lookin’ glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way

Very superstitious, wash your face and hands,
Rid me of the problem, do all that you can,
Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin’ strong,
You don’t wanna save me, sad is my song

When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way, yeah, yeah

Very superstitious, nothin’ more to say,
Very superstitious, the devil’s on his way,
Thirteen-months-old baby broke the lookin’ glass,
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer, superstition ain’t the way, no, no, no

A new sunspot is emitting solar flares: A strong geomagnetic storm will hit the Earth between 30 and 31 October.

A strong G3-class geomagnetic storm could occur this Saturday, October 30, when the coronal mass ejection (CME) from the solar flare that occurred on Thursday 28, type X1, hits the Earth’s magnetic field. geomagnetic, it is worth explaining what it is.

Coronal mass ejections (EMC) consist of the release of large amounts of matter from the solar atmosphere, originating from the solar corona during strong and long-lasting solar flares and resulting from large-scale magnetic instabilities. They are one of the most spectacular events in solar activity, ejecting billions of tons of plasma, as well as their encrusted magnetic fields, into space.

Storms like this, scheduled for October 30, can trigger auroras visible to the naked eye as far south as Illinois and Oregon (typically 50 degrees geomagnetic latitude) and photographic auroras at even lower latitudes.

Minor storms of classes G1 and G2 may persist until Halloween. When it comes to solar flares, these are huge bursts of radiation from the Sun that shoot radiation-charged particles out of the star. According to NASA, these are lettered, with Class C relatively weak, Class M moderate and Class X the strongest.

🎃♬ JACKSON – Thriller

today a song (famous) of peanuts dedicated to halloween…


It’s close to midnight
Something evil’s lurking from the darkUnder the moonlight
You see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream
But terror takes the sound before you make itYou start to freeze
As horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralysed’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
And no-one’s gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller
Thriller night
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonight, yeahYou hear the door slam
And realise there’s nowhere left to runYou feel the cold hand
And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
You close your eyesAnd hope that this is just imagination
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You’re outta time’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
There ain’t no second chance
Against the thing with the forty eyes, girl
Thriller (ooh, ooh)
Thriller night
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonightNight creatures calling
The dead start to walk in their masqueradeThere’s no escaping the jaws of the alien this time (they’re open wide)This is the end of your lifeThey’re out to get you
There’s demons closing in on every sideThey will possess you
Unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time
For you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night
I’ll save you from the terror on the screen
I’ll make you seeThat this is thriller
Thriller night
‘Cause I can thrill you more
Than any ghoul could ever dare try
(Thriller) Ooh, ooh
(Thriller night)
So let me hold you tight
And share a
(Killer, diller, chiller)
(Thriller here tonight)’Cause this is thriller
Thriller night
Girl, I can thrill you more
Than any ghoul could ever dare try
(Thriller) Ooh, ooh
(Thriller night)
So let me hold you tight
And share a
(Killer, thriller) Oh
I’m gonna thrill you tonightDarkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorise y’alls neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller, ooh, ooh, yeah)
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller, oh, darling)
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
Ooh, ooh, babe
I’m gonna thrill you tonight
(Thriller) Oh, darling
Thriller night
OohThe foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty-thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

🎃 Halloween 2019

PIC Gabriele Romano – Halloween 2019

While in the Anglo-Saxon world, halloween is celebrated and the pumpkins appear everywhere in the Latin Catholic world, this custom is imitated wearing costumes. I am a little over 30 years old and I remember that in Italy people began to celebrate this event at the beginning of the 2000s, when TV – with American films and cartoons – brought the trick or treat event to people’s homes. Cartoons have been the main influence.

Cartoons (like the simpson) were the main factors that influenced the Catholic world. It is no coincidence that three episodes dedicated to the Simpsons were broadcast on the mediaset ITALIA1 channel.

Today, however, there are many who contest the Anglo-Saxon custom by calling it opposite to the Christian-Catholic culture as well as opposed to the national tradition. However, I believe that with the passing of the years the aversion towards Halloween will diminish, giving it the main party of the disguise. In the last decade in fact the carnival has lost a lot of popularity, especially in the adult public.