A Halloween partygoer in costume attends a festive event in Beijing last year. Photo: Reuters

Halloween in China: just a bit of fun, or too scary for the authorities?

  • Many Chinese are happy to enjoy parties and school activities, while others object to importing Western traditions
  • Some local governments ban festive costumes and make-up from subway or brand them a threat to social stability
Topic |   China Society

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A Halloween partygoer in costume attends a festive event in Beijing last year. Photo: Reuters
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The costumes donned by most Hongkongers during Halloween take from stock characters of maleficence in Western tradition, rather than Chinese folk stories. Photo: SCMP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why has Hong Kong adopted Halloween when it already has the Hungry Ghost Festival?

  • All Hallows’ Eve is an ‘imported holiday’, celebrated by the city but with little cultural relevance for most residents
  • Folk traditions and Buddhism have already given Chinese culture its own day, or days, of the dead

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The costumes donned by most Hongkongers during Halloween take from stock characters of maleficence in Western tradition, rather than Chinese folk stories. Photo: SCMP
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