It’s Halloween time soon! How are you planning on celebrating this spooky holiday? We have a great Nincha activity for you! It’s also a way to train your vocabulary for Halloween in Chinese.
What is Halloween called in Chinese?
Halloween is 万圣节 (wànshèngjié).
It litterally means the “thousand – or many – spirit holiday”.
Note: The Chinese name also covers the next day, which is known as “All Saints Day” in other parts of the world!
To wish someone a Happy Halloween, say 万圣节快乐 (wànshèngkuàilè!)!
A big Halloween tradition is carving pumpkins. What are you going to carve on your pumpkin?
A pumpkin is called a 南瓜 (Nánguā).
Are you going to stick with the traditional scary/smiley face for your Jack-O-Lantern or attempt something different? Your favourite Chinese characters, perhaps?
Can you guess what a Jack-O-Lantern is called in Chinese?
Hint think about it in no-nonsense mode. How would you simply describe a Jack-O-Lantern to someone?
What would you tell them? A Jack-O Lantern is, really, a light in a pumpkin! So that’s how the Chinese call a Jack-O Lantern : 南瓜灯(Nánguādēng). This literally means: a pumpkin light.
Carve your pumpkin like a Nincha!
Happy trick or treating!
The Nincha Team
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