With Halloween around the corner, online posts like “What plans do you guys have for Halloween?” have popped up on forums such as Sina Weibo and Baidu tieba. The responses couldn’t be more different. Take a look at a few of them to get a sense of what Chinese think of Halloween.
Some are excited about the upcoming holiday, “Planning to hang out for carnival with friends!” wrote one netizen. Some seem indifferent, “No plan.” “Why celebrate? It’s nothing but a foreign Tomb Sweeping Day.” Some are critical, “We aren’t Christians. What do holidays like Halloween, Christmas and Easter have to do with us? It’s just as absurd as foreigners celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival or Dragon Boat Festival in their own country.” A more straightforward reply goes, “Halloween? What the f***’s it got to do with us!” Some even claim that “Chinese should celebrate the Buddhist Ghost Festival,” which falls on July 15 of the lunar calendar. Some reply sarcastically, “How about telling ghost stories at home?”
Still, there are people who don’t care what the holiday is but simply like an excuse for fun. “It doesn’t matter to me which country’s holiday it is. Why not enjoy yourself? BTW, the Halloween Festival held every year at the dinosaur theme park in Changzhou is very creative,” recommends one netizen.
For fun-seekers, Halloween gives them a good reason to take a break from daily routines and indulge in a crazy carnival night. “What will you be for Halloween?” A post on Baidu tieba asks. The answers vary from vampire, witch, zombie to Sister Feng (凤姐), one Chinese internet sensation who is known for “displaying unabashed ego by publicizing a list of extreme demands for her boyfriend.”
In big cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, registration for Halloween Parties has started online. Costumes, bands and games are major attractions to participants. For couch potatoes, watching a horror movie on Halloween night also sounds a good choice. A Chinese netizen gives a list of films suitable for Halloween, such as the American movies Halloween, Murder Party and Halloween Night. A more novel way to spend Halloween night, as one post on Baidu tieba suggests, is to experience sucking human blood in a bar named “Vampire in Beijing,” located in Wudaoying Hutong near the Lama Temple. Apparently they sell “blood-soaked” vampire drinks.
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