Among Bengalis, there is a saying, Baro mashe tero parbon, which implies that Bengalis celebrate ‘thirteen festivals in twelve months.’ This attests to the festive spirit of Bengalis. And not just Bengali festivals at that. Now for the last few years another festival has made the grade – Halloween. This European and American festival is gradually becoming popular among Bengalis too; though not in the sense of something like Valentine’s Day, but becoming popular, especially among schoolchildren.
According to shopkeepers who sell Halloween goodies, in recent times, people have been thronging their shops for this occasion. Carved pumpkins made of plastic, pumpkin-shaped lampshades, blood-smeared masks, glowing skeleton-shaped wall-hangings, lifelike hanging bats and so many other things – everything you can easily use to scare people out of their wits. Halloween has now transcended from a community-specific thing to being a festival for all.
Children are the primary drivers for popularising Halloween. In many homes, Halloween parties are held where they have a great time. Getting gifts from parents is another high point for them. To cash in on the craze, many clubs and hotels also hold Halloween-themed parties. All in all, October 31 for many is now another excuse to have a blast, albeit in a scary way.
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