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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

Just had this conversation with my wife last week...definitely picking up steam en Suisse, each successive year it seems...Our kids are still a bit young for it but we're talking about getting involved with it next year


I always liked Halloween and never linked it specifically to American roots but an Irish colleague informed me it originates with them
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Since halloween is an American tradition, happy for that group to continue to celebrate as an American tradition but find it problematic when American traditions start to "take over".

There are many other groups and countries represented in Switzerland and each can retain and celebrate their festivals within their own communities and include others if they wish, which I think is great, but I prefer the Swiss traditions to be retained and promoted,and not have other traditions imposed to the degree that it becomes "mainstream" and eventually the local traditions take a back seat to it.
Are you objecting to the loads of candy that might be consumed on this particular day? The Swiss I know like the festive and creative part of it, especially for kids. So it might be adopted as a kids' holiday.
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

Last year we haD our very first trick or treaters ever. It killed me that as the only American in the village I had no candy to give. i didn't even have any old apples.

The guilt still haunts me.
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Um, it's tomorrow?
last day of school before halloween or carnival it's normal that children go to school dressed up.

Anyway i don't think it conflicts with swiss or european tradition, it's more of an addition to catholic (and previously pagan) traditions. In ticino there are the so called "vacanze dei morti" right now, literally holidays of the dead, a catholic thing, halloween fits right in there. The cult of the dead is no longer interesting, some people still go visit the dead at the cemetery maybe but that's it, in northern italy maybe they prepare the traditional bread of the dead, in a sense these events are a way to keep the traditions alive even though their religious meaning is no longer there, they would just disappear otherwise.
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Are you objecting to the loads of candy that might be consumed on this particular day? The Swiss I know like the festive and creative part of it, especially for kids. So it might be adopted as a kids' holiday.
Like this Swiss festival which happens in the fall and starts with R... but looks surprisingly similar to ....?
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Since halloween is an American tradition, happy for that group to continue to celebrate as an American tradition but find it problematic when American traditions start to "take over".

There are many other groups and countries represented in Switzerland and each can retain and celebrate their festivals within their own communities and include others if they wish, which I think is great, but I prefer the Swiss traditions to be retained and promoted,and not have other traditions imposed to the degree that it becomes "mainstream" and eventually the local traditions take a back seat to it.
It's not really a "take-over" or "imposing" if people are doing it of their own free will.

The reason it is spreading is because people here (and in other countries) see it, and intrigued/inspired, and opt to get involved. Those that enjoy it often repeat it.

It's the way cultural inter-exchange (traditions, beliefs, food, ideas, etc.) has always worked, and always will. It explains why fondue is known and enjoyed far beyond the Swiss border, for example. It also explains how Halloween itself came into existence. It's an amalgam and development of traditions and ideas from the old world.

Furthermore, I don't really see Swiss traditions dying out. Things like Fasnacht, Schwingenfeste and August 1 celebrations seem to be alive, well and actively promoted.
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Old 30.10.2015, 14:44
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Since halloween is an American tradition
It is, but originally it came from the Celtic countries.

Switzerland used to be Celtic.

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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

God I hate the commercial aspect of traditional festivals being butchered and forced upon us by the gum-chewing-have-a-nice-day-banjo-playing-tobacco-spitting-bible-bashing-brigade.

When I lived in the land of dumb pumpkin heads, if I wasn't out on Hallowe'en, I used to put out all the lights, and watch TV in the dark, with headphones, so I wouldn't hear the little brats constantly banging on the door ...... although the more savvy may have got a whiff of some herb, which got stronger as the evening progressed, to numb out the silly persistent rugrats and their over-enthusiastic parents.


Bah ..... humbug, to the lot of them.

...... as for dressing up to go to school in CH -



I hear, that November 1st is going to be adopted as National Dentists Day - at least that's better than spending half the day in a graveyard.
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

Labor Day is observed on May 1 in most European countries.I wonder why it is in September in the US. Do you know that?
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Old 30.10.2015, 14:46
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Two weeks of blaring gugge music everywhere I go is more than enough "traditional culture" for me!
Only two weeks?

Around here, it's six weeks!

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Labor Day is observed on May 1 in most European countries.I wonder why it is in September in the US. Do you know that?
Because May 1 is a commie holiday.

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Autumn traditions such as the Räbeliechtliumzug are an example of what I mean
That's not a Swiss tradition, it's a Swiss-German tradition!

That certainly don't do that in these parts.

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Old 30.10.2015, 14:53
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Only two weeks?

Around here, it's six weeks!

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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

The problem with Halloween (here) is that the older kids are spoiling it for everyone by adopting a really strange behavior of throwing raw eggs at houses and cars.

This makes (the normal) people hate the night of Halloween ..... to wake up the next day to dried out raw egg splattered down shutters or walls, or on cars - which also get sprayed with shaving cream.

Teenagers enjoy Halloween - seems they go out in gangs to terrorize the little ones dressed up and going trick & treating - so that the little ones have to be accompanied by an adult to keep them safe. They have their sweets stolen by the teens.

And so, the older Swiss folk are not all that happy about this foreign "tradition" taking hold here. Messing with peoples houses and cars is something they can`t accept in a good mood.

I think they`re pissed off enough with America meddling in their banking affairs, to now have tolerance for this tradition of theirs taking a hold here.

Actually it`s the "Day of the Dead" an old Voodoo celebration.
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The guilt still haunts me.
Sounds apt for Halloween! What are you going as this year -- the only haunted American in the village?

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Old 30.10.2015, 15:06
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

It's camouflage night for me. I put all the lights out, close shutters and blinds, and hope noone remembers there's a house behind the hedge.

If kids want free sweets they should get their parents to bloody well buy them for them
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Old 30.10.2015, 15:34
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

I have 4 kids (2 mine, watching 2 more) so i have no choice even though i would rather just hide in the dark wearing headphones as well. We carved pumpkins 2 days ago and now i just got switzerlanded buying candies. I hope i have enough, they do trick or treating 2 nights.
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Old 30.10.2015, 15:44
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Sounds apt for Halloween! What are you going as this year -- the only haunted American in the village?
I always just go as myself. It's one of the few days I can polish the tiara and air out the dress. It was difficult getting the dress into the carry on.
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

Teaching kids that dressing up and begging is OK, shame on you all, next thing is, they'll be dressed as statues or levitating fakirs hanging out by Bellvue and harassing the tourists...
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It's camouflage night for me. I put all the lights out, close shutters and blinds, and hope noone remembers there's a house behind the hedge.

If kids want free sweets they should get their parents to bloody well buy them for them

I used to accompany my grandkids and their gang on their "begging" rounds when they were small. What was interesting about this was that some of the older folks who were prepared (Halloween decor implied "welcome") would hand them bags of nuts/apples ..... and those houses were forever after ignored!

The greedy little buggers only wanted sweets
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

I love Halloween I think it's fun for the kids, and love seeing all the kids at my door in costumes they are cute and scary looking. We have been in this village for 4 yrs the first yr we hardly had any trick or treaters my kids and there friends kept coming back because my kids knew I had bought lots of sweets haha. Last yr we had lots of kids it was brilliant I can't wait for tomorrow night looking forward to seeing all the kids in costumes. Got lots of sweets for them. Let kids have fun Halloween is once a yr
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Re: Halloween is slowly coming to CH...

My kid's going to school in dress-up was a success and the kids loved the treats I sent them! My costume was a success, too.

On a side note, how many treats did you get with this year's Google's Halloween doodle?
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