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2017年11月 3日 (金)

特待生だより Anneさん♪

Hi, everyone! Happy Halloween! My name is Maki. I’m in Level 5 in Umeda School.
My nickname is Anne, and this is my third year in Senka.
We had Halloween party last Friday at Umeda school. As I’m a scholarship student,
I organized it. Halloween is getting popular here in Japan, but we don’t know much about it. Therefore, I researched it, and I made some questions to have my fellow students get some knowledge. I want to introduce some of my questions.
Firstly, do you know the country of the origin of Halloween? You might think it is the US, but it is Ireland. There were a people called the Celts, and Halloween was one of their festivals. Their new year started on November 1, and finished on October 31.
October 31 was the new year’s eve, and October 31 was the day when their ancestors came back. It was like Obon for Japanese people. That’s the reason why the day of Halloween is fixed on October 31.
Secondly, do you know the fact that the last Monday in October is a holiday, and all schools are closed for the whole week in Ireland? Halloween is one of the biggest holidays in Ireland. It’s totally different from Japan. Japanese people just enjoy wearing costumes. How interesting the cultural difference is!
Lastly, people make Jack-O-Lanterns with pumpkins, but originally the Celts used turnips. After immigrating the US, it was difficult for them to get enough turnips, so they started to use pumpkins because they were much easier to get than turnips. Jack-O-Lanterns made from pumpkins are very popular in Japan, but the origin was completely different. That fact is also very interesting for me.
As these examples show, we realized many things thanks to Halloween. In Senka,we are learning not only English, but also many other things, such as cultural differences. We are the same humans even though we have different nationalities. I think we should understand and respect the differences between people, and this will make us think globally. I’m very happy if that Halloween party was one of the opportunities which broadens our minds.

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