Halloween/ Dia das Bruxas

Em Portugal nao se celebra o Halloween, pelo menos ate ha uns anos, altura em que a tradicao foi importada dos Estados Unidos. Em alternativa, celebra-se o Dia das Bruxas que, em boa verdade, tem a mesma origem que o Halloween mas com muito menos folclore. Nao sendo uma adepta destas “importacoes comerciais” mas estando num pais anglo-saxonico, acho-lhe bastante mais piada. Aqui, tal como do outro lado do Atlantico, celebra-se este dia com pompa e circustancia e, sobretudo para as criancas, e uma festa pela qual aguardam ansiosamente.

Hoje, de caminho para casa, foram varias as casas decoradas que vi, criancas – e adultos – vestidos a preceito para o “Docura ou Travessura”. Infelizmente ja cheguei a casa tarde e apesar de ter comprado umas guloseimas, ja ninguem apareceu por aqui. Acho que vou ter de come-las.

E verdade, na imagem, a casa que nao esta decorada e a minha…

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In Portugal Halloween is not celebrated. Or it wasn’t, at least until a few years ago, when the tradition was imported from the United States. Alternatively, Witches Day is celebrated, which has indeed the same origins as Halloween but with much less folklore around it. I tend not to enjoy much  this kind of events that are imported mostly for commercial reasons but given that I am in an Anglo-Saxon country, I see it  in a much more funny way. Here, as on the other side of the Atlantic, this day is celebrated with pomp and circumstance, and especially for children, it is a party for which they eagerly await.

Today, on my way home, I’ve seen several houses decorated, as well as children – and adults – dressed up to for the “trick or treat”. Unfortunately I got home late and despite having bought some candies, no one showed up. I guess i will have to eat it.

By the way, on the photo above, the house that has no decorations is the one I live in…

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