The significance of Halloween (Kioto, Japan)
While Halloween may be viewed as a fun day of costumes and an opportunity to trick or treat, as philosophers, we always try to go back to the origins of traditions to understand where they come from and what they are for. As we discovered, “All Hallows Eve” was always celebrated at the midpoint between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, to welcome the harvest and mark the beginning of “the dark half of the year”. New Acropolis students also took this opportunity to think about the bright days of summer already past, and the dark days to come. We decided to bring with us all the light we shared under the sun in the cold winter, to keep us warm inside.
While we enjoyed our conversations, we decorated our school in a magical way and had home baked delicious and scary treats – it was a really fun and interesting day!