Halloween 2020 Halloween in Colombia

Educating English in Colombia: Halloween

Do you know that Halloween is widely known in Colombia? It is a huge time vacation too.

Adults and kids alike gown up in costumes and make up. Staff in lots of places of work, banks, supermarkets and retail shops additionally put on a easy costume, face paint or particular make up. “Why do Colombians have a good time Halloween” I’ve requested many instances. I have been educating English in Colombia for greater than a decade now and nonetheless nobody can actually inform me how Halloween got here to be adopted on such a big scale in Colombia.

“We by no means celebrated Halloween once I was a toddler” Doris Lopez says watching two of her grandchildren “go well with up” as “the Flash” and a Princess. She provides, “My kids by no means celebrated Halloween or went “trick or treating, both”. Her kids, now of their mid thirties, do take their kids out utilizing the expression, “Difficult, tough Halloween” to solicit sweet, sweets and treats from neighbors.

One Halloween Costume “Rule”

When celebrating Halloween in Colombia there’s one unwritten rule although. It is that you could’t put on a full-face masks or “alter” your look past the recognizable. Why? I believe primarily as a result of there’s a sure “factor” of people that would use the vacation to disguise themselves and commit crimes. Simply suppose, somebody walks right into a financial institution or giant retailer wearing a gorilla go well with, then robs the place and its clients. After leaving the scene, the perpetrator want solely ditch the go well with and can be completely resistant to recognition of any sort. The particular person might even be standing proper there when the police arrived and nobody can be the wiser!

Non-public Celebrations in Colleges

Many main and secondary colleges sponsor their very own actions for his or her expenses on the varsity grounds inviting mother and father and relations to take part in video games, dramas, parades and costume-judging and different sorts of contests. Throughout lessons, quite a lot of actions are included similar to coloring books, specially-prepared meals, treats and baked items. Spooky tales are learn, watched or listened to. A realia like plastic spiders, ghost figures, witches, Jack-o-lanterns (curious as a result of pumpkins are usually not grown in Colombia) and diverse “monsters” are used for adornment, title tags and in quite a lot of different methods.

A Extremely Commercialized Festivity

Retailers are at all times eager to get into the act as is probably going true worldwide. Not solely are there “specials” on a broad vary of packages of candies, lollipops and sweets, however industrial buying facilities sponsor Halloween actions and have a “Trick or Deal with” session from about 4:00 pm to round 6:00 pm. Throughout that point mother and father carry their kids to the mall to go from retailer to retailer the place treats are handed out to them. The bigger malls right here in Cali can have upwards of 80 shops and outlets making for fairly a “haul” if the little tykes can maintain out lengthy sufficient to hit the vast majority of them. Costumes and make up run the gauntlet from queens, fairies, princesses and people costumes by means of a menagerie of animals, cartoon characters, super-heroes (Batman, Marvel Girl and Spiderman predominate) to pirates, Jedi, wizards (look out Harry Potter) kings and Ninjas. Vampires and troopers are usually frowned upon. There are Halloween events held at many properties within the night too that includes Cali’s music of alternative – Salsa. Have you ever ever seen Spiderman dancing Salsa with a Energy-Puff Woman? It is an actual hoot. It is no marvel educating English in Colombia continues to be so attention-grabbing.

On the day after Halloween, “All Saints Day” or the “Day of the Useless” is widely known, however that my buddies, is one other story.

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