If you are taking English classes at our Los Angeles ESL school, you may notice some unusual festivities this time of year. Halloween is on October 31, and in the United States, it’s a time to dress up, eat candy, visit your favorite haunted house, and more. The holiday isn’t just an American tradition, however; it’s also celebrated around the world. Let Columbia West College show you how three different countries ring in the annual tradition of Halloween!
Did you know that Halloween originated in Ireland? The tradition first began over 2,000 years ago in County Meath as part of an old Celtic festival designed to honor deceased family members. Today, Ireland celebrates Halloween with the ever-popular Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival where it all began. Bonfires, seasonal dishes, and fortune telling are all part of a modern Irish Halloween.
There is hardly any better known Halloween celebration in the world than the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The festivities typically last from October 31 through November 2 and aren’t about evil spirits at all. In fact, this All Souls celebration gives families the chance to honor loved ones who have passed on. The celebration includes storytelling, dancing, parades, elaborate costumes, striking skeleton face paint, and of course plenty of food and tequila.
The United States celebrates Halloween by embracing fun and mischief for one night, dressing in amusing costumes and participating in the tradition of Trick-or-Treating. After sundown, it’s custom for children to walk door-to-door with their parents and collect candy from neighbors, so be sure to have some treats on hand! We also honor the holiday with pumpkin-carving, cheesy horror movies, haunted houses, ghost stories, and spooky décor.
Don’t be surprised to find a Halloween theme in your Los Angeles ESL classes this season! We at CWC are happy to let our students know about all of the fun Halloween activities going on in Los Angeles this year! To learn more, contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help you have a spooktacular Halloween!