30 October 2011

A Soul Cake

A Soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Saints Day or All Souls' Day (1st November) to celebrate the dead. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who would go from door to door on Hallowmass (31st October, now known as Halloween) singing and saying prayers for the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern Trick or Treating. Ms K baked us some Soul Cakes on Sunday and we are learning about the real reasons for Halloween this week.

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