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Happy Halloween, Fairbanks

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To the editor: I like Halloween. Who cannot like a holiday in which we practice generosity by strangers giving candy away to strangers? And the “trick or treat” mantra teaches our children, through repetition, that there are two ways of being in this world — one negative and positive. Of course, the positive is rewarded, which all good children deserve and is a valuable lesson for all children.

The holiday is also a celebration of diversity. While modern Halloween is rooted in a Christian holiday (All Hallow’s Eve), its antecedents are rooted in pre-Christian religious traditions of many cultures, including the ancient Celtic (Samhain) and Aztec (Quecholli).

Wishing all a Happy Halloween.

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