#109 Halloween in America 2019
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In today's episode:
I'll be talking about one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States: Halloween. After that, you'll practice your speaking with a new mini-story, while enjoying my new Question & Answer story.
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Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the last day of October. I would say it's very popular because everybody's excited about it, especially children.
The word Halloween comes from an old English expression, "All Hallows' Eve," and it means the day before All Saints' Day.
Children of all ages really love Halloween because they can dress up in funny costumes and knock on their neighborhood doors shouting "Trick or Treat!". The neighbors usually give them candies.
The meaning of the phrase "Trick or Treat" is interesting. In this context, "treat" means getting the candies, and "trick" implies the consequence of not getting the sweets. It's like an innocent threat children make. Of course, kids get really excited when they knock on stranger's doors in their neighborhood.
Since Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits, the most common symbols are witches flying on broomsticks, ghosts, skeletons, black cats, etc. The black color is one of the traditional Halloween colors.
Of course, pumpkins are also a Halloween symbol. I'm sure you've seen them in movies. People empty pumpkin and put a candle inside to make a lamp.
How do you make a Halloween pumpkin?
· The first step is hollowing out the pumpkin.
· After we use a keyhole saw to cut the hole.
· When using a candle for illumination, you can cut the hole in the pumpkin's top.
· For electric lights, make the hole in the bottom or side so you can hide the cord.
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