By someone who has seen the evolution firsthand
Halloween, a festival that originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, has been making its presence felt in India. But why? Let’s dive into it.
Why the sudden interest in Halloween?
You might have noticed the increasing number of Halloween parties and events in India. I remember when I first saw Halloween decorations in a local store a few years ago. It was surprising! The influence of Western culture, movies, and television shows has introduced many of us to the spooky charm of Halloween. Moreover, with globalization and many Indians traveling or studying abroad, the festival has found its way into our urban cities.
But don’t we have our own version of Halloween?
Absolutely! In West Bengal, there’s ‘Bhoot Chaturdashi’ celebrated right before Kali Puja. It’s a day when it’s believed that spirits roam freely. Sounds familiar, right? Similarly, Narak Chaturdashi, also known as Bhoot Chaturdashi, is celebrated in November in West Bengal as part of a five-day festival. These traditions show that the concept of remembering the dead or acknowledging the spirit world isn’t new to us.
Is it just about the costumes and candy?
While dressing up in spooky costumes and indulging in candies is fun, Halloween in India is also about storytelling and enjoying special delicacies. We love a good story, and what’s better than sharing ghost stories with friends on a chilly October night?
So, is Halloween becoming an Indian tradition?
While Halloween is gaining popularity, especially in urban areas, it’s essential to remember that India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Halloween might be celebrated by some, but it’s still a relatively new concept for many. However, the essence of celebrating festivals remains the same – to come together, share stories, and create memories.
Whether it’s Halloween, Bhoot Chaturdashi, or any other festival, the heart of the celebration lies in togetherness and the stories we share. So, the next time you put on that witch’s hat or light a diya, remember the tales that bind us and the memories we create.
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