A dozen or so years ago the 31st October in Poland used to be just a normal day. People didn’t do anything special, apart from buying candles and preparing graves for All Saints’ Day. It has changed quite recently as Halloween arrived in Poland straight from the USA. The same way as the St Valentine’s Day had done a few years before. And so we have carved pumpkins, witch hats, scary jelly beans and zombie masks in every single supermarket. Lying next to candles and chrysanthemums. And kids in spooky costumes walking from house to house, asking for sweets. Polish and American tradition mixed together.
Many Polish people object to that, claiming that it is demoralizing and should be banished. Others welcome it with open arms, saying it’s great fun and there’s nothing bad in accepting new traditions. And you? Where do you stand on it? Do you think we should be open to western customs and celebrations, or should we rather stand in opposition to them, fighting for what is purely Polish?
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