Monday, 31 October 2016

SO KOKO | Halloween : Africans and their Superstitions

Religion or Superstition? 
Why many Black Africans are not sweet on celebrating Halloween...

Halloween was never up for discussion...until now. 

Halloween 2016 has been for 4 days straight. I mean, I've seen more glee and excitement about costumes this year from you Overs than the kids themselves

So since many have joined in the costume parties and ghoulish fashion, we thought we'd look at some of the reasons why the controversial holiday is so alien to a lot of us.

Remember feeling uncool in primary school, when Tommy and Sophie could dress up in fancy costumes and get free sweets, but you were stuck pretending no one was at home, hoping not to have your house egged? or for some of you, you were given the Christian "substitute", Hallelujah Night.

The idea of witches walking about, magic swirling around isn't like tripping into a fantasy, living out a Harry Potter book - for many, this is a reality. Depending on where you are the sceptism spectrum, witches may or may not be real. If or since they are real, celebrating them and other dark matters can not surely brighten up your day? Most Africans are weary of the diabolical and what's innocently called can still be heard.

If superstition does not play a role, then religion may be center stage. Not all Africans are religious, and of the religious, not all our 'Christian'. But many of us can't affiliate ourselves with Halloween for religious reasons.

But there's been a shift in thinking and in culture. Is it More about the dressing up or who you're dressing up as?

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