On 31st October we’re going to celebrate Halloween. Halloween is a holiday of ghosts, monsters, and other things what we’re scared of. The name of this feast is a shortening of “All Hallows’ Evening”. It’s originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe. They believed that in Halloween spirits can make contact with the physical world. The symbols of Halloween are: witches, black cats, spiders, pumpkins, vampires, ghosts, cauldrons and other things similar to that.
How is Halloween celebrated in the UK and the USA? The most popular celebration is trick-or-treating. Children dress up in costumes and go to other houses in the neighbourhood. They want something sweet, a snack or a small gift. If a neighbour doesn’t give them something, children will play a prank on her or him.
Other popular celebrations are costume parties. People dress up as scary characters, make dishes that look disgusting, carve lanterns out of pumpkins and spend almost hole night together talking about things that frightened them. There are also many funny games which they play only on Halloween. The most popular is apple-bobbing. We should float some apples in a bowl full of water and try to catch them only with our teeth.
How do we spend Halloween in Poland? Halloween isn’t a holiday in our country but Polish people increasingly celebrate Halloween. Some people think that it isn’t good idea because we celebrate All Saints’ Day. It’s a feast on 1st November when we go to cemeteries, light candles, decorate the graves with flowers and pray for the dead. It’s a really melancholic feast unlike Halloween so that’s why some people just don’t want to celebrate Halloween in Poland. Maybe in a few years it will be different …
News prepared by Julia Katarzyna Pala from 1 b .