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Old 25th-October-2008   #1

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Foreign Halloween tradition introduced


I'm not sure I like what I see here with this foreign Halloween tradition from the US / UK being introduced to Finland via all the shops. Does anybody have any thoughts on it ?
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I'm not sure I like what I see here with this foreign Halloween tradition from the US / UK being introduced to Finland via all the shops. Does anybody have any thoughts on it ?
This Halloween culture is not from the UK, the UK has also succumber to American pop culture and lost its traditional Halloween celebrations, but in fairness, Guy Fawkes night has overshadowed Halloween anyway.

Halloween is an ancient Celtic tradition, nothing to do with the commercial event that goes on today. American pop culture has changed the meaning of Halloween now.

When I was a kid we used to ask for contributions to the Halloween party. Now its trick or treat! Originally the household that didnt contribute got some nasty things done to it.
We also used to eat traditional Halloween food and play traditional games. Sweets or candy were never part of the tradition, only seasonal foods like fruit and nuts. We also used to go to a bonfire.

Now Halloween is like a scarey Christmas
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well I am not a big fan of halloween... even though it is popular here, in Canada. Yes it is fun to disguise into something else for a small period of time. but the whole candy thing isn't really... how to say that... important?
In Finland, there is no halloween. But on Easter, childrens would dress up as witches (not the typical "american" one on Halloween) and and sing good luck poems or songs, in exchange for some money or sweets. Is that what you mean by the fact that nowaday american halloween is spreading to Finland?
Or do you mean that it's also around the 31st of October?
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