Scare your friends or host a scary movie party on Halloween night, Oct 31
Spooky beings, witches on flying broomsticks, scary jack-o’-lanterns and lots of candy to be had. What’s not to like? Like many things American, Halloween has now come our way and finds a place on the celebration calendar. The origins of this festival go back to the Celtic celebration known as Samhain. Winter was around the corner and they lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off roaming ghosts and evil spirits. Later, it became All Saints’ Day for Catholics and the previous day was All Hallows’ Eve, today’s Halloween.
New Age Halloween
All over the world, people in the Northern Hemisphere turned to bonfires, song and revelry to combat the chilling effects of winter. They believed ghosts and evil spirits arose during the winter months and wore costumes to scare them off. When these people migrated to America they carried these traditions with them and in the melting pot that the country is, there emerged Halloween as we now know it.
Today, Halloween has evolved into a community celebration with a few scares and lots of candy thrown in.
* Scare your guests: Plan a party and give your guests the spooky time of their lives. Dress code: costumes; drink: Bloody Mary; games: house of horrors; music: BGMs from your favourite horror flicks. It’s enough to send a chill down every spine!
* Share the candy: Halloween is about treats. Arrange candy or mithai treats for kids who don’t usually get to savour life’s little pleasures. Round up your friends, get your list of the scariest horror films together and prepare for a shriek-inducing movie marathon. Last one left in the room gets the candy.
Party like a Punjabi with the Singhs
Only in our family
At their annual pre-Diwali party Shiv and Reemma are particular about making everything at home. “I may be a Bengali, but I cook yummy Punjabi fare, in addition to Bengali-style mustard fish and prawn curry, and biryani,” says Reemma.
And this year...
“With my mother and sister flying down from Mumbai to join us in the festivities this Diwali, we are looking forward to a cracker of a bash!” announces Reemma.
Who’s gifting who what?
Reemma to Shiv Karan: “A holiday, maybe in Goa, since our son loves its beaches!”
Shiv Karan to Reemma: “A holiday in the hills”
From HT Brunch, October 8, 2016
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