Just why Brits and Americans don’t celebrate Diwali, the Asians do not celebrate Halloween.
There is no historical significance of Halloween in India. So, not only does it NOT hurt people’s “religious sentiments” by NOT celebrating the festival here (*sense sarcasm*), many people in the country do not even know about it in the first place.
(Courtesy: The Indian Express)
So, there’s no such thing as Halloween in India.
But that being said, the “cool kids” and progressives – too enthused to pick just about anything and everything western – are celebrating Halloween in the country. Just check out social media platforms and see (ultra-edited) images of people in absurd costumes. In fact, the clubs and bars are even organizing Halloween themed parties.
Now, I am NOT bashing the millennials. (No, I am not that kinda grown-up!) They certainly have all the rights to celebrate Halloween in India. Everything seems happier and psyched. I love it!
The funny thing comes when the revelers do not even know the backstory and relevance of Halloween—why it is celebrated in the first place and what historical significance it holds. For the majority, it’s basically about dressing scary and, of course, clicking pictures.
(Courtesy: The HotFriday Talks)
BUT, BUT, that’s not even the big problem. The big problem comes when those who do not care about Halloween, they are actually labeled as un-progressive, ignorant, illiterates and whatnots by the “cool kids”. Check social media for examples—and while at it, those celebrating Halloween in India, kindly ask them why we do that in the first place.
There’s no reason for us to celebrate Halloween. Those who want to, they can. Those who don’t want to, they shouldn’t. There shouldn’t be any judgment from either side.
On a slightly serious note though, we need to stop getting influenced by media so much that we pick anything that western countries throw at us. Diwali is round the corner….go clean the house and mess around, gift good deeds to people around you and stay blessed.
You have enough festivals already!!