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Post time 2014-11-1 10:05:27 |Display all floors
A lot of ignorant posters here.

Halloween began 2000 years ago in Ireland, England, and Northern France. It was a celebration marking their New Year's Eve. New Year's was November 1st. This day marked the beginning of winter, a time that was associated with death.

On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Pope Boniface IV introduced 'All Saint's Day' on May 13, to replace Samhain. Pope Gregory III moved All Saint's Day to November 1st, making October 31st 'All Hallow's Eve'. All Hallow's Eve eventually became shortened to 'Hallowe'en'.

November 2nd, called 'All Souls Day', was a day set aside for commemoration of the dead (This is the reference to Qing Ming which is often cited).

Trick-or-Treating began with the poor, in the 15th century. During the All Soul's Day festival, in England, people would beg for 'Soul Cakes'. These were little squares of bread with currants in them. They would be given these soul cakes in return for a promise to pray for the families' dead relatives. This practice was known as 'Going a-souling'.

Going a-souling was eventually taken up by children, who would go door to door, receiving ale, food, and money.

During the Irish Potato Famine, in the 1848, millions of Irish people emigrated to the United States. They took their traditions of Hallowe'en, called 'Oidche Shamna' (NIght of Samhain), with them.


There you go, people. The origins of Hallowe'en, in a nutshell. I use this in a ppt that I show my university students each year. It is not an "American" festival, nor is it a "European" festival. It is a pagan festival stemming from the Celtic tribes.

If you feel that other cultures shouldn't celebrate their festivals while in China, perhaps the Chinese ought to stop celebrating THEIR festivals, like Spring festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival, when they emigrate to other countries. After all, as you keep telling us, ad nauseum ... "When in Rome" ...
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
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Post time 2014-11-1 10:20:03 |Display all floors
learnt a lot

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Post time 2014-11-1 10:25:32 |Display all floors
cmknight Post time: 2014-11-1 10:05
A lot of ignorant posters here.

Halloween began 2000 years ago in Ireland, England, and Northern Fr ...

Gee, you forgot Scotland, Mann and Wales  It's primarily a Celtic tradition and as you pointed out with Christian influence.
BTW: we have a few Celtics in Boston.
As you also pointed out, Chinatown always celebrates Spring Festival.

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Post time 2014-11-1 10:51:51 |Display all floors
Sikaote Post time: 2014-11-1 09:16
Halloween is just another "holiday" used to generate cash flow for greedy American corporations.

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Halloween is just another "holiday" used to generate cash flow for greedy American corporations.


Halloween is just another reason to party for people and good business for shops, bars, etc
but who really make good cash flow is the Chinese factories who manufacture most of the Halloween items in world market.

Any concept/product coming from a society where corporations are considered to be people needs to be avoided like an ebola victim.

Wake up China. You're being westernized.
China, keep calm, enjoy foreign activities , festivities ( no holidays) and keep making money thanks from foreign festivities.
Denial, according the psychoanalysts, is one of the most primary mechanisms of defense. It consists in the attitude of denying or minimizing obvious facts of reality with which the individual can´t  cope or whose irresponsibility is unable to meet.

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Post time 2014-11-1 10:55:22 |Display all floors
MisterZhu Post time: 2014-11-1 08:36
Hmmm? Too long away from your motherland.


Little soldier

How many candies and chocolates did you get last night in your treat or trick?
Denial, according the psychoanalysts, is one of the most primary mechanisms of defense. It consists in the attitude of denying or minimizing obvious facts of reality with which the individual can´t  cope or whose irresponsibility is unable to meet.

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Post time 2014-11-1 11:15:16 |Display all floors
DMZappa Post time: 2014-10-31 23:07
Maybe you should try "Trick or Hating" You sure seem full of it.

They have tried for many years to get Halloween to takeoff in Australia, Australians are not intrested. The timing could be bad as in October we have 2 football grand finals, Batherst 1000, ( V8 Supercars racing 1000 kilometres) and students coming into final exams. There is a lot against it

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Post time 2014-11-1 11:15:59 |Display all floors
teamkrejados Post time: 2014-11-1 08:49
There already have been.

You mean some people becoming so incensed by others banging on their doors demanding treats, they have overeacted?
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