We, the people of India, have one thing absolutely common among us – we just love festivals. In recent times, events like Halloween’s day celebration at large can be seen as our sordid affair with festivity, flair, and flourishing business. The Christian origin of the holiday is that it falls on the days before the feast of All Hallows, which was set in the eighth century to attempt to stamp out pagan celebrations. Christians would honor saints and pray for souls who have not yet reached heaven. The tradition of tricking and treating on Halloween dates back to the early 16th century where Celtic (Irish, Scottish & Welsh) people visited each other’s homes in costumes demanding confectionery made goods like cakes & candies. This custom prospered to reach north America in the early 1900s when the trick part of the “trick or treat” came under scanner. Improvisation came in the form of ‘trick’ which would cause little mayhem and hullabaloo if denied the ‘treat’.
In India, however, this tradition has garnered a cult liking among mostly Hollywood loving people. They cosplay/dress up as movie characters on October 31st evening to spend quality time with their friends n family exploring the ambiance of various mesmerizing clubs and themed events till wee hours of November 1st. Reports suggest that restaurant and party business witnesses a boom in revenue around this time as the market is splattered with all kinds of exciting offers and passes which boast claiming gateways to such exclusive themed parties.
One thing is for sure, the kind of attention such events gather is immense which is why this festival is going to gather more and more momentum with each passing year. As a result of this charade, amidst all the costumes and celebrations, it’s the hotel and event site owners who are having the last laugh and for them, this festival is more a celebration of gaiety than horror….