Halloween – A Holiday Lost in Foreign Culture?

Courtesy: Google Images
Courtesy: Google Images

Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October every year. There are various histories for the holiday and according to a famous one, it is the last day of Celtic year. Costume parties, trick-or-treat, pumpkin carving, and playing pranks are some of the typical ways in which the day is celebrated. However, international T-Birds have a different perspective on the holiday and to understand this some of the other country students were asked about the popularity of Halloween in their home countries. Most of them had read about it in books and seen it in western movies. Jakub Marciniak, a Polish T-Bird from Germany said that it is famous in Germany from the year 2000 but it is not that popular in Poland. When questioned about why he liked/disliked Halloween, he said, “I like Halloween as an event. The best part for me is the possibility to meet groups of friends that I do not see so often. On the other hand I do not like the parties so much, as most people behave as they are out of this world. It could be that some of them behave themselves as they would be if they were free to act as they want to, whereas some others really are perceived in a completely unnatural way only for this day.” Another international student voiced that though getting a day off on a busy schedule is a good part, there is an excess wasting of money on celebrations. Finally when asked if they would celebrate it in their home countries, most of them felt that it is an American culture and they will celebrate it only in US and it’s originality would be lost if celebrated in their home countries. However, Victor Liang, a Chinese student, said that it is already being celebrated in few parts of his country.

Courtesy: Victor Liang
Courtesy: Victor Liang
Janani Balu

Janani Balu

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