When Halloween Isn’t Halloween

ALM Halloween 2018Motril, Almuñécar and Otivar decided to postpone Halloween because of the rain and hold it at a later date, which although understandable is illogical.

Halloween is the night of the 31st of October, so to hold it on the Friday the 1st (Motril) or Saturday the 2nd (Otívar) would be like celebrating Good Friday or Easter Sunday a day or too late because of the rain. Or, if you prefer, holding the Three Kings Parade after the 6th of January.

Rain doesn’t postpone such events; it cancels them.

It is, though, a small revenge on the Anglo-Saxon intruders, Father Christmas and Halloween. The Jolly Red Interloper and zombie armies are displacing traditional Spanish events, so that more children now receive their Christmas presents on the 24th of December (Noche Buena) than on the 6th of January (Los Reyes Magos).

As for the far more diverse and vibrant Carnival in February, well, the mono-theme, overworked, zombie manifestations of Halloween are gaining more weight.

But whose fault is this? Should we lay the blame firmly at the door of consumerism, American influence or the TV? Well, no, the blame lies closer to home – at schools.

You see English teachers in Spain, ever since English overtook French at schools in the early 80’s as the prime foreign language taught, have been pushing culture as well as vocabulary and grammar. So when Halloween – something that nobody had heard of in the 70’s – comes along, teachers launch the Halloween theme into the lessons.

This is not a criticism because that’s precisely what they should be doing; it’s just an explanation.

Of course, consumerism soon caught onto this and soon everybody from Corte Inglés to your local Asian bazar was selling Halloween costumes.

Things are changing and the eternal, cultural divorce between generations continues.

(Feature/Opinion: Halloween)

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