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What is ´Halloween´?It is a holidaycelebrated bychildren andadults all aroundthe world on thenight of October31st.
Where did it come from?It originated from theSamhain Festival ofthe Ancient Celts inIreland approx. 2000years ago. It is alsocalled ´Summer´sEnd´ because it was acelebration of the endof summer and theharvest season.
Saman: Lord of DeathThe Ancient Celts alsobelieved that on thenight of October 31st theborder between the deadand the living worldsdisappeared and thatSaman, Lord of Death,would give the spiritsafterlife if theyrepossessed a body.
Bones and masksPeople used to burnbones on bonfires asa way of bribingSaman (nowadays weroast marshmallowson bonfires instead)and they would wearmasks and costumesto mimic evil spirits.
Halloween in NZHalloween has notalways been a popularcelebration. It ismostly for kids butanyone can join in! Ithas no religious ornational significancein NZ, it is moreAmerican. For Kiwisit is about having funand being together!
Trick or Treat?! What does it mean NOW?The children whosay ´Trick orTreat?!´ want youto give themtreats, but if youdon´t, they mightplay a trick onyou or yourhouse!
Kiwi kids love to celebrateHalloween is more Halloween!popular in NZnowadays. Childrenlove to dress up asghosts, witches,vampires, pirates,werewolves andfairies and go ´trickor treating´ and visit´haunted houses´together.
Teenagers and adults can celebrate too!Teenagers and adultsdon´t go ´trick ortreating´ but they liketo dress up and go toparties with theirfriends.
Bonfires and roasted marshmallowsWe don´t carvepumpkins orburn bones, butwe do like toroastmarshmallowson bonfires!
Haunted HousesSome peoplelike todecorate theirhouses likehauntedhouses andthey inviteneighboursand children tocome for afright!
School GalasSome primary schools inNZ celebrate Halloweenby holding a School Gala.The children decorate aclassroom like a hauntedhouse for everyone tovisit. There are stalls,face-painting, candyflossand toffee apples. Eventhe teachers dress up! Allfun and games!
By the New Zealander/Kiwi Natalie Kemp Cultural Language Assistant at I.E.S. La Rosaleda, 2011-2012