Hans Egelhoff

Hans EgelhoffHans Egelhoff is originally from the United States, having spent his childhood in a small town north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His university studies brought him to Cork, Ireland, where he studied history and English. After graduation, Hans spent the next eight years managing a coffee shop until he decided to pursue a career in education. Hans Egelhoff has been teaching English in Cracow for the last five years. He began his teaching career at University College Cork, Ireland, before moving to Poland in 2013. He believes in engaging his students as much as possible, so his lessons aim to encourage participation in a dynamic, communicative atmosphere. Besides teaching his students in Krakow at Profi-Lingua, Hans also enjoys exploring the many beautiful sights of Poland, particularly the Bieszczady mountains.

Halloween: Origin and Traditions 

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Hans Egelhoff
Minimum age: 10 – 17
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs. 

A discussion of the history, meaning, and symbols of Halloween and its impact on popular culture. Hans will share his experience of Halloween, that he knows from his childhood in the United States, tell a few stories, and will also engage the group. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

American Traditions: Thanksgiving

Event type: Workshop
Facilitator: Hans Egelhoff
Minimum age: 10 – 17
Level: Elementary / Pre-intermediate / Intermediate
Time: 60 min.
* On demand contents, level and timing can be tailored to groups’ needs. 
We will have a look at the historical origins of Thanksgiving and the traditions connected to it, and examine the foundations and the transformation of this holiday in American culture.  Topics covered include food, games, and seasonal customes. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

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