Halloween or not Halloween?
Is the celebration of Halloween for you acceptable / welcome fact here on Madeira?
Halloween (also known as Samhain, Summer’s End, All Hallow’s Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Snap-Apple) is a holiday that is celebrated each year on the night of the 31 of October. Its origin is from Ireland, and nowadays it is a official celebration-day in the following countries: Ireland, US, Canada, UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden. The activities that takes place are: trick-or-treat, costumes parties, “haunted house” or ghost tours, bonfires, carving pumpkins (Jack-o’-lanterns) and evening reading scary stories or watching horror movies.
On Madeira this day is known as ‘Dias das Bruxas’ and the last few years we see signs that, namely the commerce, is trying to introduce this celebration on the island.