Ragamuffin Day: The Precursor To Halloween That The NYT Tried To Erase

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Children all ready for Ragamuffin Day. Source: (Irishcentral.com)

Kids dressed in crazy costumes going door to door begging for treats---it sounds a lot like Halloween, doesn't it? It could be, except for a few notable differences, like the fact that it took place on Thanksgiving morning. We are talking about the long-forgotten Ragamuffin Day, a tradition among the Irish immigrants of New York City that was popular before Halloween's trick-or-treating started. Let's look at this beloved tradition and how it was squashed by the New York Times and well-to-do residents of New York City.