Treat or Trick: Moscow Bacchanalia

I remember holidays of my youth: May 1st Workers Solidarity demonstration, October Revolution military parade ironically held on November 7th. Tempting smell of delicious grandmother’s baked pirogi all over the place and giant fireworks from thousands cannons when darkness wraps the city. Often we wouldn’t go out, but from our place watch fireworks reflected in the windows of apartment building across the street. Each balcony of the building was filled with already drunken people shouting Hurrah!
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Праздник Хэлловин, привитый не так давно на древо отечественной культуры, набирает обороты. Попытка объяснить населению, что наивная американская дьявольщина противоречит характеру загадочной русской души, явно провалилась. Проезжая в субботнюю ночь по холодной мокрой Москве, я наблюдал группки ведьм, вампиров, чертей и утопленниц, парящих над лужами, на секунду возникающих в свете фар и пропадающих в черноте ночи. В освещенном пятне перед большим клубом нечистая сила строится боевым поядком и используя потусторонние методы преодолевает строгий Хэлловинский face-control.
До Нью-Йорка или Токио с его веселым Хэлловинским поездом Москве еще далеко, но процесс пошел.
Nobody but die-hard communists…

celebrate October Revolution these days. Long free of Soviet-era holidays, young generation Chooses Pepsi and fills holiday gap with something totally different. Halloween victoriously entering land of Peter the Great, Lenin and Yuri Gagarin.
Being in Moscow I couldn’t afford missing it. Driving through downtown on Halloween night I saw groups of wimps, witches, and other diabolic characters running from subway stations to various club spots through cold drizzling rain. Despite chilling weather I saw smiles and feel of fun and festives on guys and gals painted faces.
There is great tradition in Tokyo where every year on Halloween night crazy Tokyo gaijins or foreigners dress up and gather at Shinjuku station of Yamanote line and make wild round-trip scaring hell out of tame and obedient Tokyoites. There is circular line in Moscow subway as well. I am afraid it wouldn’t go that peacefully here …
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One Response to Treat or Trick: Moscow Bacchanalia

  1. Anna says:

    I think all the witches, nuns, pseudo-princesses and many others would expect anybody but…….
    Anatoli-San who walked in with his kimono, Japaneese umbrella, manners and excellent behaviour that you can probably learn nowhere but in TOKYO !!!!
    I am trying to imagine what would happen to Moscow Koltsevaja subway if suddenly monopoly of bums spending hours and hours riding the circle of several stations would be distracted by some volunteers eager to spend together a HALLOWEEN night ….. :)….

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