Halloween

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2023 Date31 October 2023
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Halloween

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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Halloween facts

  • According to Google Trends’ , the top Halloween costumes of 2023 include Barbie, Spiderman, and Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.
  • In early Celtic celebrations, turnips or other root vegetables were used in place of pumpkins. A burning lump of coal was placed inside the hollowed out vegetable and carried during the festivities.
  • There has also been some opposition to Halloween in India, with critics arguing that it is an example of Western cultural imperialism and that Indians should focus on their own traditions and festivals.
  • Western movies and television shows have also significantly contributed to the familiarity and popularity of Halloween in India.

Top things to do in India for Halloween

  • Dress up in your favorite costume.
  • Go trick-or-treating.
  • Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a fun Halloween activity. People can do this at home, creating unique designs and illuminating them with candles or LED lights. Indian motifs and designs can be incorporated into the carvings for a personalized touch.
  • Decorating the house with spooky elements is a must for Halloween. People can use cobwebs, fake spiders, skeletons, and other eerie decorations to create a spooky ambiance at home. Indian elements like rangoli designs or Diwali lights can be incorporated as well.

Halloween references and related sites

Guinness World Records: Heaviest Pumpkin

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