I got a chance to visit Tivoli for this year´s Halloween and check out their cool decorations just before the fun trick or treat stint. As usual, the amusement park was jam-packed with people (kids and, yes, adults), with a lot of them even wearing their own Halloween costume. It then made me wonder, considering how the Danes seem to enjoy this annual festivity: has Halloween always been part of Danish culture or is it something that has been adopted recently?
You may notice that many of the Danish traditions have equivalents or similarities with the Christian calendar. They spend Christmas, the Easter in April and even St. John´s Eve (Sankt Hans Aften) in July. But, naturally, Danes have their own set of traditional festivities. Fastelavn or carnival feast, for example, is a festival in February where kids dress up in colorful costumes and gather treats. It is kind of like the Halloween minus the scary costume. Now, what about Halloween?
Danes, in recent years, has learned to commemorate both All Saint´s Day and All Soul´s Day during the month of November. People have learned to place candles and flowers on the graves of their deceased loved ones on the said days. Eventually, they also adopted the celebration of Halloween.
It´s a huge celebration and the kids love it. They get to dress up in scary costumes and play trick or treat. Offices, shops and private homes normally decorate their place in time with the festivity. You will normally see pumpkins on the doorsteps of the house or shops, with a bucket of treats for the neighboring kids. To Danes, Halloween is nothing original or native. But, over time its been embraced and loved.
I like how festive Danes can be and how they assimilate other countries festivities. I’m left wondering though, if we cherry pick the great things from each of our own country, will we eventually have a super culture? The internet is a communication-bridge to do just that, but are we mature enough to join hands or should we guard each of our own culture? What do you think, dear readers?