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Halloween: Just For You
It is getting close to the holiday we all know as Halloween. However, there are a vast number of students here at Western Illinois University, who do not usually celebrate it in their home countries. One international student, Li Wei, states, “in China, Halloween is known, but we do not really celebrate it. If anyone in China talks about Halloween, it is usually for commercial uses, not for an actual celebration of any kind.” In other cultures, Halloween is actually not thought of at all. Mazen Al-gahtani , an international student here at WIU, states, “Saudi Arabia never mentions this holiday in any way. It is not a part of our culture, and has no value to our customs of living.” It is interesting to see how Halloween is viewed all over the world.
Two organizations on campus have come together for a Halloween celebration. This Friday, from 6 to 9pm at the Multicultural Center, the International Friendship Club, and the Center for International Studies, will be hosting a Halloween party. Nimitta Tamrakar, President of the International Friendship Club states, “we at IFC, and the Center for International Studies, just want to allow these students to experience the fun aspects of Halloween. Some of the things we’ll be doing are pumpkin carving, having costume contests, and watching scary movies. It will be a great time, and I hope the international students will enjoy it as well.” A fun event for a a spooky holiday. It seems that Halloween will be touching the hearts of many students this year, and hopefully, it is for the best.
Happy Halloween from IFC & CIS