A Chinese Halloween Posted by sasha on Oct 24, 2016 in Culture
It may not be a traditional holiday, but Halloween (万圣节 – wàn shèng jié) is becoming more and more popular in China with each passing year. The “10,000 Saints Festival” is celebrated in big cities all across the country, as young Chinese have taken an interest in this Western holiday. While there’s not a lot of trick-or-treating going on, lots of people attend costume parties or gather with friends to watch horror movies. Get excited for Halloween and get talking about it in Chinese by reading some of our best posts on this spooky holiday.
If you’re not familiar with Halloween at all, this is a great post to check out. It gives a bit of history on the holiday as well as some modern customs. There’s also quite a bit of Chinese vocabulary mixed in there, including a few questions for you to practice answering.
You never know when you might need to use the words “zombie” or “vampire” in Chinese. Ok… probably only once a year. Either way, go ahead and learn 25 Chinese words for Halloween in this post. At least you’ll know how to tell people what you’re dressed up as!
What better way to get ready for Halloween in China than by watching some Chinese horror movies? Get the scoop on five of them – old and new – including short clips from each one.
Halloween in China can be tons of fun. Just check out a couple of videos I made from celebrations in Kunming and Beijing:
Plants vs. Zombies
We took over downtown Kunming with a real-life game of Plants vs. Zombies. Check out the highlights in this short video:
Beijing Zombie Apocalypse
What does it look like when a bunch of zombies take over the Beijing subway? See for yourself:
wàn shèng jié kuài lè
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