“They see it as just one more example of American commercial penetration*.”
Popular as it is, many people are vehemently against Halloween in their countries, whether it be religious objections or fears of cultural imperialism.
It may be a bit of both in Germany, where 48 percent of respondents in the 2017 YouGov survey said the spooky holiday is a U.S. import that displaces German culture. October 31 is Reformation Day in Germany, and commemorates the day when Martin Luther launched Europe’s Protestant Reformation.
So on that happy note, Happy Halloween everyone! Whatever holiday you might be celebrating tonight.
Fast 50 Prozent der Deutschen glauben, Halloween sei ein US-Import, der die deutsche Kultur gefährde. Fakt ist, dass der Brauch ursprünglich aus Irland stammt.
*Psst. Don’t spoil everybody’s fun by explaining that Halloween originated in Ireland.