Mongolia’s general education schools are now not allowed to celebrate ‘Halloween’. The Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports issued a guidance to stop celebrating Halloween at private and state-owed schools on Thursday after receiving complaints from parents. The disgruntled parents have been complaining about schools demanding special costumes and money for celebrating Halloween.
In recent years, Halloween has been widely celebrated in Mongolia, particularly in general education schools, partly due to the influence of English language learning. Many people consider that it has gone too far!
Deriving from the Scottish “All Hallows Eve”, Halloween is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the night before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day, dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs and all the faithful departed. Many pagan elements appear to predate the Christian festival.