From club parties to street run, the Halloween was a big event at the city. Besides the critics, this holiday only tends to grow.
Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. Originate in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture.
Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.
As the past centuries, decades and years, the Halloween has been disseminating all over the world. It started really shy at Brazil, one of the reasons it’s the criticism from the nationalists who says that this holiday it’s a result of the influence of the American culture imperialism. They argue that Brazil has several folkloric characters and they should be celebrated, not some foreign tradition.
Anyway, Halloween it’s becoming a special holiday in Curitiba, like it or not.
From children’s to club’s parties, this year the Halloween was really remembered at the city. Maybe because the 31 October was a Friday, maybe because the weather collaborated, the fact is that the costumes, frightening or not, was all over the streets.
Whether the club plays sertanejo or alternative music, many of them went into the Halloween mood to animate the dark Friday. At Jokers Pub, the party was theme décor, and there was awards for the best costumes.The Delorean band was who commanded the night. On the other hand, at Crossroads they were distributing candies and a special Mamonas Assassinas’s section was playing.
The Shed Western Bar, establishment who has a very different audience compared with the others clubs cited before, joined the Graciosa’s Halloween, that happens since 2011. It was necessary to dress black or a costume.
This movement grew so much in Curitiba, that the Trajano Reis’s street and the Reitoria’s surroundings also were taken by people who want to show off your costumes.
The Halloween was the main theme even for a street run. The “Halloween Night Run” happened on October 24, at Barigui Park. From the second year consecutive, the run had 6 and 9 km trajectories. More than an exercise, the run was fun and entertaining since most of the athletes were wearing costumes and masks.
By Mariana Maranha and Duane Kürten