American Holidays as an Expat:
Holidays vary from country to country. Relocating to the United States means learning a new culture and way of life. In the U.S., a major part of the American culture are its’ holidays. Federal holidays are typically observed nationally and often come with days off from work and school. Many retailers often celebrate with major sales events. Take advantage of these holidays as it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the American lifestyle.
What is Halloween?
Halloween is a celebration that is observed in countries all over the world on October 31st every year. In the United States, Halloween is a holiday when everyone can dress up as their favorite superhero, princess, movie character, athlete, cartoon, etc.. Halloween is the one day of the year where it is socially acceptable to dress up in your favorite costume, no matter how intense it is.
Halloween is more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day. Halloween’s origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this holiday, so people would dress in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits.
How to celebrate like an American:
In much of the United States, Halloween is celebrated a number of different ways. The most common way is trick-or-treating. This is when you dress up in your costume and go door to door saying “trick or treat” and you collect, what appears at the time, to be an endless supply of candy. Another way you can celebrate Halloween like an American is by pumpkin carving. First, you go to a pumpkin field and buy the pumpkin of your choice. Then, you carve the pumpkin to resemble a spooky face! Make sure you are as creative as possible.
Drive safe and enjoy every bite of your Halloween!