Although the culture of celebrating Halloween party is “too western to succeed in Delhi”, as many restauranteurs and party organisers feel people, especially children and college-going youth, are leaving nothing to chase away the ‘ghosts’ of fear this Saturday.
The festival owes its origination to the the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
The Celts worshipped nature and believed in the spirit world. Their chief deity was the Sun and they celebrated two festivals revolving around it.
We took a sneak-peak into the preparations going on at some restaurants and pubs readying to host the Halloween this year.
According to Sana Chopra, executive director of the Carl’s Jr India, party lovers this year would get free beer at her outlet. “This Halloween, we are aiming to give our fans a treat by offering a free beer with an order of either two Super Star or Double Tandoori Paneer burgers. This offer has no tricks, and is just a treat in response to their overwhelming love and support to us.”
Asked why Halloween parties were not being able to make their mark on the majority of Indians, Akash Vaid, director of the Crazy Zone Events, said: “Halloween is a western culture and is coming to India slowly and gradually. It will take some time to get involved in the Indian culture fully. But with the wide reach of social media, people have become aware of parties like this.