When is Halloween in Russia? We learn
We very much like various holidays. This is an occasion not only to rejoice and have fun, but also to meet with friends, and organize an interesting party. There are plenty of dates in our calendar, but in recent years, we have been borrowing more and more holidays from other nations. So, for the last couple of decades, Valentine's Day has gained popularity among young people, a parade in honor of St. Patrick's Day appeared in the list of regular events, and not everyone will remember exactly when Halloween in Russia became famous and ubiquitous.
Here's the last and I want to talk more. Halloween, or the eve of All Saints Day, came to us from English-speaking countries. There it is celebrated approximately from the middle of the XIX century. All Saints' Day is rooted in Christian tradition, superstition, and more ancient Celtic beliefs. In English and American folklore it is believed that on this day the line between the worlds is thinning, and the souls of the deceased can be visited by their relatives. Also at this time, the Earth is returned to all evil spirits. Well, in the Celtic tradition, this day, October 31, was considered a holiday of the end of the harvest season and the end of the year.
It is impossible to say for sure when Halloween began to be studied in Russia in schools within the framework of the culture of other countries. But unequivocally, that this holiday fell to the young people to their liking. In this regard, initially it was celebrated in schools in the fall. This celebration helped children better understand the culture of England and the United States, learn the language and folklore of these countries. And then he moved to the streets of large, and then small towns.
What happens at this celebration?
In that period of the year, when Halloween, in Russia, there are now often held themed parties dedicated to all evil spirits, costumed balls and children's parties. On the shelves of the stores begin to appear fancy dresses of the appropriate theme, elements of home decor, as well as other trivia associated with this holiday. On this day, youth radio stations organize special broadcasts, telling about Halloween. The thematic decoration of cafes and restaurants by the Day of All Saints became popular.
By the way, what is he, special decor for the holiday? The main symbol of Halloween is the so-called Jack-o-lanern, or Jack-with-lantern. This is a pumpkin with a carved evil face, inside which is installed a candle. Also obligatory elements of jewelry on the days when Halloween, in Russia were images of skeletons, witches, brownies, as well as the evil spirits that are characteristic of Slavic folklore. So there was a union of two cultures in this holiday.
When they celebrate Halloween in Russia, traditionally on all TV channels they try to include mystical or horror films on the evening television, and for children to select a program of programs connected with this holiday. Often for children even organized special presentations on this topic in those days when Halloween. In Russia, 2013, for example, was marked by the display of the children's play "The Little Witch", timed for the holiday.