The origin and meaning of Halloween derives from the ancient Celtic harvest festivals, meaning ‘The evening before all hallows day’ or ‘all saint’s day,’ which is usually celebrated on the first day of November. It is also a shortened name of ‘all hallows evening’ or ‘all saint’s eve,’ celebrated on the 31st of October. Over the years, Halloween has transitioned into a day of celebrations filled with lots of pumpkins, Halloween themed parties, jack-o-lanterns, costumes, trick-or-treating for both adults and kids to enjoy as an occasion in the year.
As celebrations were organized around the world, Eastern Mediterranean University was among those that enjoyed Halloween in style, with a Halloween costume party event organized by the school’s International office. The event which held was on the 31st of October 2018 at the schools Central Lecture Square began at 8:00pm and was graced with the presence of students and Famagusta locals representing diverse nationalities, faculties and departments.
The event which was largely student oriented gave students a chance to showcase their beautiful Halloween costumes and wonderful talents. The night featured dance performances, music performances, and a students’ costume competition with the team dressed as “Money Heist” characters emerging as winners of the costume competition.
The International Office left no stones unturned as they went all out of their way to wow the students not just by amazing performances, but surprised everyone in attendance with the first ever Haunted House and Scary Bike rides on campus. Spooky attendees were also able to get their faces painted at the Face Painting stand setup in the event center.
The celebrations that were the talk of the town saw students flock in their thousands to forget it all for a night of fun and entertainment. Event’s organiser at the International office Ms. Cemre Kavaz, who worked very hard a long with her fantastic team to put this evening together explained to Gundem newspaper that “we know students work hard all year round and we like to organize some events throughout the year, so they have something to enjoy and something to look forward to.” This statement was never truer as students of EMU danced the night away under the stars. Until next year…
By Faith Edigin and Jemimah Serumenter Atii