Thought for the Day: Halloween

With all the fun (and chocolates) that come with celebrating Halloween, it is also a time of remembering those whom we have loved and lost.   The Mexican celebrations of Día de los Muertos does that remembering with three days of celebrating that also includes the Catholic Church commemoration of “All Souls and Saints Day.”

On Maui, Lahaina always has a big celebration for the kids before dark.


Lahaina, Maui, Halloween celebration.

And after dark, adults get to play.


After dark on Halloween in Lahaina


Lahaina Halloween.

Amid the fun, it’s good to remember the dead too.  A main character in Nicolas Rothwell’s novel Belomor says after the accidental death of a young friend,

“And so, with soft, swift movements, those we know depart from us, and leave us in this world, and leave behind them memories to disperse like plumes of smoke haze in the air” (105).

Happy Halloween to you, your family, and friends in all the ways you celebrate.

Aloha, Renée

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

5 responses to “Thought for the Day: Halloween”

  1. Rosita says :

    Great! It must be a cool party there in USA, and far more animated than it’s here 😚 And, WOW!, Halloween in Hawaii…that sounds intriguing and culturally vibrant. Wha’ exactly is Thai light festival? And where is it commemorated? Do yuh, from Hawaii, have any native, non-mainland commemoration? If yah, wha’ and how is?
    Hope y’all are fine,

    • reneeriley says :

      On the Mainland U.S. kids in costumes go door-to-door collecting candy. In Hawaii, we have that, but it isn’t a native Hawaiian holiday. Here in Bali where they are constantly having temple celebrations, Halloween isn’t one of them. The Thai Light Festival is later in November and celebrates Buddha. What about in Brazil? You must celebrate All Souls Day. Is that correct? Aloha, Renée

      • Rosita says :

        Yah, yuh’re right, my dear. In fact we celebrate it today. Although I lost grandpa to cancer 2 yrs ago, I don’t have emotional structure for gonna cemetery, and, sincerely, I wish All Souls Days, AKA Dia dos Finados, as we have t here, was a vibrant, happy celebration as it’s in Mexico. But it isn’t and we accept it as it’s. And thxs for info on Thai festival.
        Hope y’all are fine,

  2. elaine woodall says :

    remember the great many times aunt Bascom who did not get burned as a witch….

    • reneeriley says :

      I always liked dressing up like a witch (a good one, hopefully) for Halloween. There may be a genetic reason for that. Hope you and Keegan had a Happy Halloween. Aloha, Renée

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