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Halloween is a popular festival celebrated primarily in Western countries on the 31st of October every year. The term Halloween is derived from "All Hallows' Eve," as it is the eve of the Christian feast, "All Hallows' Day." Initially, Halloween was observed to honor departed souls and safeguard oneself from harmful spirits. However, over time, Halloween has evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating, dressing in costumes, carving pumpkins, and decorating homes.
The origins of Halloween can be traced back over 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Historically, the Celts believed that the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred at this time, and spirits could roam the earth. In India, people have been exposed to Halloween through cultural exchanges, mostly influenced by western media, such as television shows, movies, and social media platforms. While Halloween-themed events and parties have become more commonplace in urban centers, they are primarily attended by young adults and are more of an homage to Western culture rather than a religious or traditional observance.
In India, Halloween celebrations are mostly confined to large cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore, where people may attend parties at clubs or private homes. These events feature costume contests, spooky-themed food and drinks, and horror-movie marathons. Additionally, some Indian communities organize trick-or-treating and pumpkin-carving activities for children. Though it is celebrated on the same date, October 31st, in India as in Western countries, Halloween in India offers an opportunity to engage with a global event while adding a unique Indian twist to the festivities.
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