Halloween is right around the corner! All around the world we celebrate it in so many different ways. From different cultures, festivals, celebrations, parades, every country is so different! Let's take a look at some of the most interesting traditions from all around the world! Including countries like Nigeria, Poland, India, Mexico and more!
Samhain marked the Celtic New Year, the end of summer, and the end of the harvest season. It also signaled the beginning of winter, which they associated with death. On this day, the Celts believed the veil between the living and the dead was especially thin. This allowed spirits of the dead to visit the living.
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America with colorful skulls and skeletons. It is to celebrate those who have passed away as well to celebrate life.
Kawasaki Halloween Parade Japan Oct 30-31
One of Japan's largest Halloween events is the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. Kawasaki has been hosting the Halloween parade since the late '90s and has become hugely popular. The more than 2.500 parade participants draw large crowds of Halloween (over 100.000) partygoers each year.
The Hungry Ghost Festival Sinapore
The Hungry Ghost Festival. Every year, for a month, the Chinese honour the memories of those who have deceased. The Hungry Ghost Festival is much rooted in Buddhist and Taoist culture and happens during the seventh month of the Lunar calendar and lasts for fourteen days.
All Souls' Day, also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and the Day of the Dead, is a day of prayer and remembrance for the faithful departed, which is observed by Roman Catholics and other Christian denominations annually on 2 November.
World Dracula Day is celebrated every year on May 26. The international holiday commemorates the publication date of Bram Stoker's famous novel “Dracula,” published on May 26, 1897.
In Nigeria the celebration can last up to six months. Known as the Aruwu Odo Festival, this holiday occurs once every two years. It begins when the souls of family members and friends return to the living sometime between September and November. The spirits are greeted with great feasts, music, and an ongoing celebration. Their departure in April is marked by an extravagant theatrical performance that depicts the souls’ return to earth and the anguish over their departure.
These are just some of the different celebrations! For more traditions check out this video! Maybe they mention your country!
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