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Halloween in australia

Hi
Just curious as to what you think.
I don't understand why we all of a sudden are celebrating Halloween?
I understand the commercialized opportunity for shops alike.
I just don't understand why?
We are Australia, not America.
Would any Australian know the origin of the concept.
Interested to know your thoughts.
Thanks :)

Last reply: 10th Nov 2018 / 12 replies / Post by 3lions

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Mat76

Posted by: Mat76
Posted: 25th Oct 2018

Mat76 says: It’s ridiculous,
We are loosing our own identity
And it makes me sad that most Australians don’t seem to care Reply

3lions

Posted by: 3lions
Posted: 25th Oct 2018

Mat76 says: It’s ridiculous,
We are loosing our own identity
And it makes me sad that most Australians don’t seem to care

3lions says: Hi Mat76,
Thanks for your thoughts. I'm glad it's just not me who thinks it's ridiculous. That's very true, we are loosing our identity.
Cheers :)
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creeker

Posted by: creeker
Posted: 26th Oct 2018

creeker says: It is ridiculous that we are encouraged to celebrate a harvest festival in Spring. Reply

Gurjeet31610191

Posted by: Gurjeet31610191
Posted: 30th Oct 2018

Gurjeet31610191 says: It's not Australian festival Reply

Gurjeet31610191

Posted by: Gurjeet31610191
Posted: 30th Oct 2018

Gurjeet31610191 says: It's not Australian festival Reply

Nicholas31584452

Posted by: Nicholas31584452
Posted: 1st Nov 2018

Nicholas31584452 says: I think you have hit the nail on the head in mentioning the commercialisation of it. I think that is 100 percent the reason it has gained traction in the past few years. Reply

Rose

Posted by: Rose
Posted: 1st Nov 2018

Rose says: I can't understand why we would encourage our kids to go bothering strangers to practically demand they be given lollies and chocolates. And if they don't, they might do something feral back.
Even worse, we try to bring our kids up to be wary of strangers but then many young school kids go house to house on their own. What if they knock on the wrong door?
It's a silly tradition that has nothing to do with us nor with the values that sensible parents try to instill in their children. Reply

Gypsycat

Posted by: Gypsycat
Posted: 2nd Nov 2018

Gypsycat says: Halloween stems from the Pagan celebration of Samhain (pronounced sa-wen, or sah-ven).
This was originally one of the eight festivals in the Wheel of the Year, this festival celebrating the end of harvest, and also a time when the veil becomes thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. It is, of course, timed to the Northern Hemisphere - here in Australia Samhain is celebrated at the end of April.
With the coming of Christianity, many of their celebrations were placed at the times of Pagan festivals, given new names. & basically re-wrapped & packaged. So Samhain, to most, is now known as Hallowe'en, or the evening before All Saints Day.
As a Pagan, I continue to celebrate Samhain (in April). But here in Australia, we have just celebrated Beltaine, the beginning of Summer :)
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Maddiew

Posted by: Maddiew
Posted: 6th Nov 2018

Gypsycat says: Halloween stems from the Pagan celebration of Samhain (pronounced sa-wen, or sah-ven).
This was originally one of the eight festivals in the Wheel of the Year, this festival celebrating the...

Maddiew says: Thank you so much for sharing! I knew it was a pagan tradition but never looked into it more, very interesting that the timing is all wrong due to the seasons. Amd here I thought it was just fun to dress up! Reply

Summer

Posted by: Summer
Posted: 7th Nov 2018

Summer says: Same applies for St Valentine's Day. Another American tradition that we shouldn't celebrate either .
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annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 10th Nov 2018

annie says: I agree i do not think we as Australians should celebrate Halloween.When my children were little when this night turned up i would put them off going trick or treating.Even now in the area where I live we do not have many children participating in Halloween Reply

annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 10th Nov 2018

annie says: I agree i do not think we as Australians should celebrate Halloween.When my children were little when this night turned up i would put them off going trick or treating.Even now in the area where I live we do not have many children participating in Halloween Reply

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