Halloween

What do you normally do on Halloween?


Ulrich Müller

Ulrich Müller (65)

Ulrich Müller
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20 years ago in the best case we knew Halloween from hearsay. Now advertisement related to Halloween is all around. We are to buy Halloween costumes and Jack-o’-lanterns and we shall visit Halloween parties. It came from America to Europe and it has no real tradition here (except in Ireland where the roots of this festival are assumed to be).
I don’t care about Halloween, not least because I conceive the suspicion that commercial interests push its popularity.

20 years ago in the best case we knew Halloween from hearsay. Now advertisement related to Halloween is all around. We are to buy Halloween costumes and Jack-o’-lanterns and we shall visit Halloween parties. It came from America to Europe and it has no real tradition here (except in Ireland where the roots of this festival are assumed to be). I don’t care about Halloween, not least because I conceive the suspicion that commercial interests push its popularity.

Very good, but can I suggest a better way to phrase it.

Twenty years ago we knew about Halloween only from hearsay.  Now advertisements relating to Halloween are all around us.  We buy Halloween costumes and Jack-o-lanterns and visit Halloween parties.  It all came from America to Europe and it has no real tradition here, perhaps in Ireland, where the root of this festival is assumed to be.  I don't care about Halloween, not at least because I conceive the suspicion that commercial interests push its popularity.

20 years ago in the at best case we knew about Halloween from hearsay. Now advertisements related to Halloween is are all around. We are expected to buy Halloween costumes and Jack-o’-lanterns and we shall visit Halloween parties. It came from America to Europe and it has no real tradition here (except in Ireland where the roots of this festival are assumed to be). I don’t care about Halloween, (do you mean you have no interest in Halloween ? In which case this is right or, do you mean you dislike Halloween ? In which case it should be " I don't care for Halloween" )  not least because I conceive ( have would sound more natural) the suspicion that commercial interests push its popularity.

Excellent work as usual Ulrich.

I agree with you completely, I detest Halloween which is definitely not a native festival in it's modern form. I also think that commercial interests are behind it's popularity as the nearest it comes to being Irish is an ancient Celtic festival (which was celebrated by all the Celtic nations including Brittany ) called Samhain (pronounced Sau-ain) this was a festival held on the night  supposed to be when the veil between this world and the next was thinnest and ancestral spirits (among others) would walk the earth. It had nothing to do with pumpkins (not native to Europe or even known about by the Celts) or any of the other pseudo supernatural paraphenalia which it now has. It's called Halloween because it is the night before All Hallows Day (All Saints Day) which was introduced by the Church to counteract the ancient Celtic rituals.

Sorry, I've written screeds again but I thought you might find it interesting.

Liebe Grüße, Meiann :-))

Ulrich Müller

Ulrich Müller (65)

Ulrich Müller
I speak:
German
I learn:
English, Spanish
Busuu berries :
41066

 

Hi Meiann,

Thank you for your comment. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m currently writing only a few exercises. I did all the prepared busuu tasks.

Your screeds don’t bore me at all. On the contrary, they are very interesting and amusing. I realize that we share the opinion about many things. It’s always a great pleasure to read your comments.

Ulrich