Because its Beltane, not samhain. Dance naked over a fire and burn a wicker man.
Halloween is way better than April Fools, that’s why. And really? You guys don’t do Halloween? I guess conceptually it’s on the wrong end of your seasonal progression. Which oh wow so many holidays are seasonally symbolic. How does that work for you?
It’s a little weird sometimes, especially at Christmas. (Cards with snow on them? I’ve seen snow all of three times in my life and every time was in the mountains.) There has also always been a faction that wants to create more locally relevant traditions — there are a few Christmas carols about Santa’s sled pulled by kangaroos, and whatnot, which is funny because you know what a sled is right? And a lot of people eat seafood for Christmas. But these days I guess I see the disjuncture between the seasonal symbolism of my culture’s traditional festivities and the actual weather patterns of my home as a valuable reminder of the history that brought me here — I basically shouldn’t be here, and my culture is widely understood here only because it was forced into this place. I dunno, Anglo-Celtic Australians don’t conceptualise ourselves as a diaspora or anything like that, our culture is so dominant, and I think it’s maybe useful on some level to have some weird shit like eating plum pudding on a 40 degree day to remind ourselves that we are not in fact an indigenous culture.