One Halloween, I just did nothing special. Which is what I do on Halloween each year.
Because we are not celebrating this day in this home. You know, I am not a fan of Halloween at all. It is something that came into vogue in this country some years ago. And I am not so sure if it is even done "right" here. Kids dress up in scary clothes (but I learned that kids and adults in the US dress up as whatever they want to, they are not limited to only scary costumes), go trick-or-treating and mess around on your property if you do not open the door (thank god we live so far out of town that no one feels like taking the long way to ring at our door). The shops are flooded with all things Halloween: pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts, scary masks, ...
I do not like holidays that did not evolve naturally over time in our country's history. We have so many own traditions here that I think we do not need to add another, artificial one. Do we really need another holiday? I don't think so. Instead, I want our own traditions to be handed over to our kids like they were handed over fom our parents to us and so on. They are part of our grown culture and should be treasured.
We have something that is quite similar to Halloween. It is called the carnival, taking place in February. It is celebrated quite differently in our country, depending on where you live and how the carnival developed in the respective area. But wherever you live, the basic things are the same: The kids and adults dress up in fantasy costumes and have fun, too. There is no trick-or-treating but there are a lot of parades where enormous amounts of sweets and candy are given to the kids so they get bags full of candy and, therefore, their sugar crush, too. But it is just something that evolved naturally and, in some parts of our country, is a tradition that is hundreds of years old. It feels natural, not artificial. It has a real meaning in our country. There are many lovely things that are connected with the carnival: old habits, traditions, special ways to do things. It feels homey and lovely and good, like an old, worn and warm blanket that you wrap around your shoulders. It is the essence of home for me.
I wrote about it this year already. So if you want to know what our traditional carnival looks like, please read about it and watch the video I posted here.
So, I guess you will find my next "Halloween" post (aka carnival post) next February! :-) Stay tuned until then!
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