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Halloween…WTF?

Now I know that we’re the unwritten 51st state of the USA, as well as being a conquered territory in the American cultural hegemony, but can someone please tell me what the fuck Halloween has to do with Australia?

From what I’ve seen about Halloween (admittedly from TV/movies…how ironic), it’s basically institutionalised begging and promoting obesity, making the US the nation it is today…one of big fatties.  It’s also something to do with their puritan past and a legacy of the escape from England on the Mayflower…I believe.

So what relevance does that have to Australia?  SFA you say?  I agree completely.  It’s just another in a long line of supermarket driven “holidays” prom0ted purely so that they can offload cheap crap from China, as well as increase the sugar intake of our kids by 5 million percent.

Frankly if I see kids trick or treating in my street the only treat they are going to get is a clip around the ear, followed by a hearty “fuck off” to their parents.

I know it’s very “get off my lawn you damn kids” of me, but do we really need even more of the American culture shoved down our face?

 

UPDATE:  From various other readings (some pretty pro-Halloween stories) I have found I was incorrect about the source of the Halloween tradition.  Apparently it started in the UK 1000 years ago, then went to the US.  Of course they commercialised the living shit out of it, but at least it’s one of their traditions.  It is most definitely not one of ours and comes across as blatant commercialism by the supermarkets etc.

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  1. Halloweens-gaii
    October 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Dude i agree with you, i have frigin 10 – 15 year olds trick or treating down here, and threatning to egg my house if not, ha a baseball bat says other wise

  2. B.Tolputt
    November 9, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Mate, you realise that a good lot of the original settlers were from Britain right? And that we have many a custom (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Chinese New Year, etc) that aren’t from the original Aussies (indigenous) or even made up from us “whities” who settled here afterward.

    Importing customs is part of what multiculturalism is all about. It is not just adopting & adapting the cuisine or music, but melding all customs. It might not be to our taste, but I think you’d probably be letting fly on someone like Andrew Bolt had he decided to spout off about an Indian or Asian custom that the youth started to adopt.

    For the record, the original celebration (Samhain) had nothing to do with the trick or treat tradition and, like Christmas, was originally a pagan tradition having nothing to do with what people like to make it out to be now. The one thing constant about the world is how it changes 😉

    • November 11, 2010 at 8:45 AM

      Ben, I have no issue with importing customs as part of multiculturalism, but there is a bit of a difference here.
      Halloween is not being promoted as having any sort of cultural ties…it’s basically another Valentine’s Day-like commercially driven event being hyped up by the supermarkets and other vendors as a chance to flog off even more lollies.
      If it was more like the original pagan tradition it would have more relevance.

  3. November 11, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    I agreed with Ben, but now I agree with Massive. Halloween is not solely an American tradition, however it’s the American version that’s being shoved down our throats.

    I’m not interest in that.

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