Indians are celebrating Halloween with real gusto. Ticketing companies like BookMyShow and Insider.in have a plethora of Halloween-related events on their platforms. According to Events High, a ticketing website, there are 326 Halloween activities listed on its platform in seven cities in India around October 31.
Millennials just can’t get enough of the festival that promises parties, festivities, and a chance to slip into someone else’s skin. “It’s just plain fun,” says 22-year-old Sia, who celebrated the festival with her friends in Mumbai this weekend.
Here’s comedian Mallika Dua wishing you all a happy Halloween!
Since when did Halloween become a thing in India ? https://t.co/aTeMTEXmd2
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) October 28, 2017
Yes, Halloween is now a major thing in India. Brands, restaurants and event companies are quick to cash in on our ever increasing fascination with mimicking the West. They are creating ad campaigns and more so that we can all have a great Halloween.
There are articles which tell you the best parties you can go to, and the best dishes to cook for dinner tonight. Hint: pumpkin risotto. And celebrities like Gauri Khan whose Halloween parties are the talk of the town
Halloween has even reached the mommy blogger community, with companies like mycity4kids running Halloween competitions.
Ancient Celtic Festival
European immigrants brought the festival to America. It is an ancient Celtic festival, which began around 2,000 years ago.
At the end of summer, the Celts thought the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got thin. So the Celts used to throw a huge party to scare away the ghosts and spirits
Irish immigrants made it popular in 19th century America. Halloween took on its own momentum during the 20th century with rituals like pumpkin carving and trick or treating.
As with most American culture, Halloween has now been exported here. Like Valentine’s Day and the numerous other ‘days’ that we now celebrate — in addition to our Indian festivals — Halloween is here to stay.
So what are your Halloween plans?
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