When I first participated in the Halloween parade in 2015, I found it a strange festival to celebrate. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it a lot. Two years later, now, when the Halloween is approaching soon, I decided to do some online research on it.
I don’t know how many of you realized it, Halloween is nothing but the American version of the Indian Śraddhā. YES, I AM NOT KIDDING. Halloween or All Saint’s Eve is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October. It is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Similarly, Śraddhā is a Hindu ritual performed one performs to pay homage to one’s ‘ancestors’ (Sanskrit: Pitṛs), especially to one’s dead parents.
Happy Halloween and Happy Śraddhā.
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