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Transcript of Halloween
But nowadays in France, Halloween is celebrated as in any other country:
Halloween, as a folk celebration, only appeared in France in the 80's, but at this time was only celebrated by the English speaking communities in bars or restaurants.
Many children dress up in fancy costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood. At each house, they demand sweets, snacks or a small gift. If they do not get this, they threaten to do some harm to the inhabitants of the house. This is known as playing 'trick-or-treat' and is supposed to happen in a friendly spirit, with no nasty or mean tricks being carried out.
Some families carve lanterns with 'scary' faces out of pumpkins or other vegetables or decorate their homes and gardens in Halloween style. These were traditionally intended to ward off evil spirits. If you are at home on Halloween, it is a good idea to have a bowl of small presents or sweets to offer to anyone who knocks on your door.
There are various symbols associated with Halloween. These include the spooks, ghosts and walking skeletons that represent the contact between the spiritual and physical world and between the living and the dead. Human figures that are often represented on Halloween are witches and wizards, who are seen to have the power to contact the spirit world. Bats, black cats and spiders are often connected with this holiday. These animals are associated with the night and darkness and often accompany witches and wizards.
But at the beginning of the 90's some American companies like Disneyland, Coca-cola or Mc.Donals began using Halloween images in their publicity campaigns.
Due to this, Halloween in France is rather controversial. Because of he fact that it isn't a typical French celebration, some people don't understand what is being celebrated and others refuse to enjoy it, because they think that it's a lack of respect for the deceased.
The kinds ask for candies door to door
Stores decorate their shop windows
People organize costume parties and
have fun with their friends and family
THIS WOKE UP THE INTEREST OF THE FRENCH
People eat candy apples, pumpkin cakes, chocolates...
GLOBALIZATION HAS WON
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31 in England. Some people have Halloween parties on or around this date, where the hosts and guests often dress up as skeletons, ghosts or other scary figures. Common symbols abound Halloween include pumpkins, bats and spiders.
Halloween celebrations in England starting disguise to visit the homes where people gather to watch horror movies or go to a movie.
Some children go trick-or-treating. This means that you dress up and go to the houses of other people, knocking on the door to try candy or snack. Those who do not give a treatment can be had with a joke instead.
Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Many Halloween stores and businesses see it as an opportunity to promote products with a Halloween theme.
It should be noted that Halloween is not a holiday in England, as schools, companies, businesses and other organizations are open as usual. Similarly, public transport services run on their normal schedules.
Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals held around the end of October in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. People believed that, at this time of year, the spirits of the dead could come "alive" and walk among the living.
They thought it was important to dress in costumes as they venture out, to avoid being harmed by the spirits. This may be the origin of Halloween costumes we see today. In Puritan times, Halloween celebrations were banned, but was revived in recent times.