The Celebration of Haloween:
The celebration of Halloween, also commonly referred to as All Hallows Eve, is not practiced in India thus this holiday, that is heavily integrated into American society, will impact my learning of the cultural aspects and traditions practiced by the people here. The history, nature and general thrill of Halloween is an exciting one and in addition to spiders, spooks, and trick-or-treating, the Jack-O-Lantern has become a popular icon. The story behind Halloween, and the impact the Jack-O-Lantern has on the celebration, is not only an annual significant cultural artifact, but it is also an opportunity for me to bond with the customs and the people here.
Although Halloween traditions originated in Europe, traditions were carried over and are now thriving in America. Almost every citizen embraces Halloween in some form, those who don’t are most likely heavily religious or from another country and have not taken up the holiday and its customs. Halloween history is actually rather vague, if not contrary in some references, it seems that some origins of trick-or-treating (the trick part entailing that the children would wreak havoc on the owner’s property assuming the treat wasn’t granted), carving pumpkins, and dressing up cannot be accurately traced because several variations are present within the history. However, based on careful research, I have discovered that the idea of trick-or-treating actually occurred sometime between the 19th and early 20th centuries and is in fact a fairly new tradition to the notion of Halloween, which was originally intended to be a day where the worlds of the living and the deceased collided. All Saints day and other holidays of a similar nature, such as Day of the Dead in Mexico, are either a parent or child holiday conceived or birthed by the Halloween holiday, thus many similar contributions to these holidays are analogous. In the Day of the Dead, people are highly allied with skeletons, even in...
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