留学・研修現地レポート Report from Overseas

Halloween & Fireworks!

Nov . 2019

Hello, guys! Summer time has ended in the UK, and the time difference with Japan has changed from 8 hours to 9 hours. This time, I'm going to talk about British Halloween and Fireworks.

At first, I introduce about British Halloween that I experienced. As you can see in the first picture, I dressed up as a nun. Many people dressed like this, but the way of celebrating Halloween was different from Japan. In Japan, people wearing costumes parade on the street, but in the UK, they participate in Halloween parties held in dormitories, schools and pubs. Many shops that sell costumes were looked very busy because many people were waiting in front of the stores in search of costumes during the Halloween season. I waited with my friend to enter these stores in the cold and then we got costumes. I was able to talk to various people and take photos by dressing up, so if you are studying in the UK, I recommend you to dress up at Halloween. Therefore I went to Halloween parties at my university and other schools. This photo was taken during a competition to eat donuts without using both arms at a Halloween party held at another language school. I spent good nights and made a lot of new friends at both parties.

 Second, I talk about British fireworks. Do you know Guy Falks Night?  It’s to celebrate the prevention of the Guy Fawkes terrorist attack on November 5, 1605, therefore fireworks festivals were held in various places in the UK. This firework photo was taken by my friend with her digital camera. It looked like a summer festival in Japan. There was cold but we could watch a lot of fireworks!

 In addition, there are many friends who plan to return home next month, so I’m going to have more memories with them.