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Word of the Day-Wan Sheng Jie (Halloween)

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 万圣节,wàn shèng jié (Halloween). 万 is the number 10,000, which can signifies a lot. 圣 means saints. 节 means holiday. So 万圣节 is almost a direct translation of "All Saints Day".

Even though Halloween just passed a few days ago, I'm still shocked by how big a day it has become. When I first came to this country almost 20 years ago, I don't remember anyone in my neighborhood trick or treating, let alone any houses fully decorated. Nowadays, at least fifty kids knocked on our doors. Halloween celebration is catching up in China, too. It was nonexistent when I was kid there. However, the Chinese who celebrate Halloween today are mostly young people, all dressed up and hanging out at bars and clubs, which are decorated with spooky things. Certainly no kids are running around on streets in China trick or treating. What a sight that will be?! I don't know if I will laugh or cry.


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