Hello, hello, it is I. ( ￣▽￣)/ Yes... This time I was supposed to write about Finnish language's word order, but since it's October and many people are getting excited about Halloween, I thought I'd discuss this now (also because I'm quite tired, been spending the day with my mom; and my mom's being here means that I'm not going to record any Finnish words that are present in this post ahaha).
First of all, I have to admit I know very little of the history of this matter. What I do know, however, is that I'm a 90's kid and when I was in early years of basic education, Halloween was mentioned and we'd do some decorations in art class and dress up... but really, about 20 years later and it's still not very big deal around here. Sure, people throw Halloween theme parties (and get heavily drunk I guess?), TV channels show scary / horror films, there's Halloween candy and decorations for sale...
But the shelf space reserved for those is small compared to Christmas and Easter things. For example, it's still quite rare that kids go around asking for karkki vai kepponen (karkki = candy, kepponen = trick; so when you all say "trick or treat", we say "treat or trick"); but on Palm Sunday in Easter, kids go around knocking on doors offering decorated pussy willow branches in exchange of some candy. (I can discuss this more around Easter haha.)
So when October is drawing to a close and November approaches, what has traditionally happened over here? Well. Traditionally we've celebrated pyhäinpäivä, or pyhäinmiestenpäivä = All Saints' Day (pyhäin = of holy; päivä = day, pyhä = holy, sacred; miesten = men's, mies = a man, miehet = men). Usually on the evening of pyhäinpäivä, people visit the cemeteries and lit candles in the memory of those who are no longer with us - so it's treated more like a commemoration day for the saints, martyrs, and the dead.
There was also a celebration called kekri, an old agricultural society harvest festival, but according to Wikipedia many of those traditions were transferred to Christmas and New Year. I first encountered the word kekri in 7th grade (meaning I was 13) when our Finnish language teacher forced us information about it. :B
Anyway, yes, even though religion doesn't really show around here that much and it's very little discussed usually ( = considered irrelevant to most), the fact that Halloween seems so commercialized has probably been putting it off from the previous generations since pyhäinpäivä is sort of... well, pious.
Yet! I think the traditions could be changing a little among the younger generations. And, some other Finn may have a very different opinion and view to Halloween here in Finland - that their family traditions in regards to Halloween are quite different. See, my family's not very big on celebrating Christmas or anything else either. *shrugs*
Still... I'm glad to live in an apartment building where the door to the outside world is locked 24/7
(unless a neighbor has left it open..) and the doorbells downstairs don't work so I don't have to open the door to anyone. :') While I'll be nomming on candy and attempting to watch something scary on Netflix! (~‾▿‾)~
And that's it for this week's issue... *flops on the bed and falls asleep next to the laptop*