Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween!

 After Celebrating Diwali ,it was Halloween' s turn now..Basically kids are  having a blast at this time of the year ...and ending up with Christmas and  New year!
recently ...we had halloween festivites in US ...
when I first came to US I was quite surprised as to what kind of festival is this where every house has been decorated as haunted house? wearing Halloween (scary)costumes ...may be to appease ghosts?I was kinda scared myself as it gave me a creepy feeling ....I dint celebrate  this for sometime  ...But then later I had kids who really liked this trick n treat and fun behind this humongous festivity!
the history behind Halloween is...
ancient religion of the Celtic tribes (circa 500 B.C.) from whom came the Britons, Scots and the Irish. Present day Britain's, Scots, Welsh and Irish are all descendants from these ancient Celtic tribes,believed in the spirit world. They worshipped over 300 gods. Their chief god was the sun and they celebrated two festivals revolving around the sun: Beltane, to mark the beginning of summer and Samhain or Saman to mark the start of winter.
The Celts believed that at the end of summer, Samhain, the lord of death becomes powerful and overpowers the sun god. On October 31, Samhain assembles all the evil spirits who had died the previous year and allows them to return home to visit the living. 
Today, Halloween is a festival of fun for kids. An occasion to dress up as little monsters, ghosts or witches. Over time the custom of adults dressing up as demons changed and the children took over. As they went from house to house they would knock at each house and cry "trick or treat". People would then give the children apples or buns and later candy to keep from being tricked...
 Many halloween parties are kept on weekends where adults dress in ..different costumes ..there are special stores which carry costumes and all kinda scary things for this season ..these stores show up only during this time and are otherwise closed through out..the spirit of halloween shows up!!
The cops are very vigilant  during this time as to no mis-happening should take place..it usually starts with police siren (an indication as to start officially ...trick n treat)and stops with a siren (as to be an indication that trick n treat is over.)
Most of the time parents accompany their kids and get dressed themselves too for trick n treat!

I was with my kids this year for trick n treat( no I dint wear halloween costume )...every house in the neighbourhood was haunted ...but there is always one best in Sub ...I have clicked few pictures to show my friends ...


the joker I guess.

the best haunted house in the Sub!

witch on the breakfast table :)

the best haunted house.

the skeleton ..there was a huge smoke when we enter the house.

dont miss the fall colour behind Harry Porter.




 


 

my little one.
my older son.

15 comments:

Uma said...

your kids wore nice costumes..
pics are really scary :)
Happy Halloween!

Rachna said...

Nice pics and history behind Halloween. These days people have started having Halloween parties in India too, which hardly makes any sense to me. Sometimes, we just try to ape anything American without even understanding what or why.

Renu said...

OMG.pictures are so spooky,that feeling must remain long..your second son's outfit so scary:)

Bikramjit said...

so how much treats did you collect ..


Bikram's

A said...

Scary pictures :))) We don't do Hallloween anymore... bored of it I guess. Great description

A said...

We don't do Halloween anymore. Great description though and scary looking pictures

Mishi said...

lolz..you guys surely had lots of fun..pictures show it all...it aint that Bad Harman, sounds fun:)

Jack said...

Harman,

You scared me.

Take care

Babli said...

Happy Halloween. Lovely description with nice pictures though bit scary.

ashok said...

interesting post...cheers!

Sh@s said...

The pics were a bit creepy. Thanks for sharing the pics and the history related to the event.

R. Ramesh said...

cute pix and narration as everyone has said here..and thanks ya for consistent encouragement

Alka Gurha said...

The pictures gave an interesting glimpse...even Gurgaon celebrates Halloween but not like in the US..I was wondering, do they celebrate it in Europe too?
My brothers daughters in Chicago went crazy collecting candies...

rama said...

Good to hear about the history of Halloween, ad the pictures real life like giving the creeps, but if that is what this festival is meant to be it has to be scary and creepy.
It is true initially these festivals might have seemed weird, but as you continue to watch this festival year after year, you get into the same mood as the locals and start celebrating it.
Happy holiday Seasons!

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