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International students get in Halloween groove

October  30, 2013

International students got together for a pumpkin-carving festival at Westerlin Lounge this week. Although it might have been their first experience with the American custom of creating jack o'lanterns, Halloween is not an American holiday. It is observed in a number of countries on Oct. 31.

Scholars find deep roots for today's Halloween in the folk customs and beliefs of the Celtic-speaking countries and the festival of Samhain. Some also point to the Roman feast of Pomona, goddess of fruits and seeds, and the Roman festival of the dead called Parentalia. (Augustana Photo Burea/Daisy Hoang '14)


Hussam Ibramhim, a first-year student from Lebanon.
Diney Osman, a first-year student from Kenya.