kicks off the holiday season in the United States and Canada. Halloween, short for All Hallows Eve (or the day before All Saints’ Day) is a very old holiday. It is a time when, long ago, people believed that the wall between the living world and the world of the dead grew very thin, and it was easy for the spirits to move into the living world.
ESLI at UWS made masks and Jack-O’-Lanterns. This is one scary mask!
Now we celebrate by wearing costumes and taking children out trick-or-treating. It is also a time to celebrate the harvest and having plenty of food for winter, so lots of parties involve pumpkins, apples, and other fall fruits and vegetables. But the costumes are what are so much fun about Halloween! We love to involve our international students in our Halloween festivities. Halloween Fun at ESLI
Students from ESLI at UWS carve pumpkins into Jack-O’-Lanterns
Making masks at UWS
UWS student Nomi wins first prize for her wonderful jack o’lantern!
ESLI at TWU is having a shark attack!
ESLI at TWU Director Sue Priebe dressed as a shark to celebrate Halloween
TWU Director and Teachers all having fun on Halloween.
Halloween is just the beginning of the holiday fun! While Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October, the US is looking forward to what we fondly call Turkey Day. On Thanksgiving in the US, we commemorate a day when some of the first settlers in America held a feast with the Native Americans to celebrate surviving their first years in a new place. They thanked God for all the things that were good in their lives, and we do the same thing today.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, eat some amazing food, and often watch football or movies together. The foods we eat are traditional autumn foods: turkey, ham, vegetables, pumpkin and pecan pies, and more. All the good things from the harvest end up on the table, and there is always a lot of it!
For college students, Thanksgiving is also a short break before final exams start. After the holiday, it’s all about the books and the upcoming tests that end the semester. Stay tuned to this blog for more on finals and the best holidays of them all at the end of the semester: Christmas and New Year’s Day!
If you want more information about all these holidays, check out the videos you can find on The History Channel
. Scroll down and click on Halloween or Thanksgiving. You can also find other holidays here—if you are going to be here for the Spring semester, take a look at Valentine’s Day!