However, while standing outside the school in the morning, I kept noticing some students wearing t-shirts and still keeping to their summer dress code. Perhaps it’s time to start wearing something a bit warmer and by doing so making sure that we all stay healthy and don’t miss school due to a cold or flu.
I also noticed this morning many scary pumpkins brought to school by students and their parents, a clear indication that Halloween is coming. Halloween costumes and masks are displayed at various shopping malls and department stores, demonstrating that the tradition of Halloween is slowly being embraced into the local culture. I remember my first Halloween in Canada in 1980, two months after arriving there, and children knocking on our apartment door. They kept asking for candies while I had no idea why they were doing it while dressed up in scary costumes. I wonder if some children will knock on my door on Thursday evening.
While Halloween tradition is still trying to break through, let’s remember that 1st of November is a very special day in Poland with people remembering those who passed away. If you don’t have the time to visit a cemetery to see thousands of lights beaming up into the sky, just light up a candle on Friday evening, outside the house or in your apartment window.
Dr Jacek Łatkowski