Celebrating festivities together has rich rewards
As far as I know Halloween is not as popular in Australia as in other countries; however, it is becoming more and more popular in many suburbs. I ran out of sweets last year as I had more than 70 kids passed through our gate. I am about to head off this weekend to organise my treats and decorations.
Many years ago when I used to take my children and their friends for “treat or tricking” in our neighbourhood, we could hardly find any decorations then. Now the decorations are easily found, and even the local grocery stores are full of black and orange decorations.
When I was growing up in Malaysia, we celebrated Chinese New Year, Moon Care festival, Ramadan, Thaipusam, Christmas and many other festivities with fellow neighbours and friends. We would visit our friends and celebrated and rejoiced with them. In fact, I respect and enjoy celebrating special occasions, whether the occasions are celebrated here or somewhere else in the world.
By celebrating festivities together with our fellow friends and neighbours, it allows us to rejoice and learn more about different cultures and beliefs. It is one of the many ways to connect with each other and have a deeper relationship and understanding of one and other … and celebrating Halloween is no different.
Even if it is not part of our culture in Australia, we can still rejoice and join in the fun with those who do.
What’s the benefit from doing so?
- We become more aware of other people’s cultures and beliefs.
- Celebrating brings fellow neighbours and friends closer.
- When I was walking with my children and their friends during the “trick-or-tricking”, we met up with fellow neighbours whom we would not have met otherwise.
In short, celebrating each other’s festivities brings communities closer together. People become more aware of each other’s cultures and beliefs. This is one of the many ways to connect and have a better understanding of each other.
So, how about you? Are you celebrating Halloween this year?
If yes, how? If no, why not?
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