Halloween is one of the oldest holidays in the world, which is a traditional festival held on October 31 every year. It originated from the ancient Celtic Samhain Festival, celebrating the New Year of the ancient Celtic people on November 1. This day marks the end of summer and harvest and is also the beginning of the season. Frozen, the moment of a year is associated with darkness and death.
Many countries around the globe celebrate Halloween, one of the oldest holidays in the world. From Halloween costumes and scams to delicious food and parties, you can celebrate Halloween anywhere in the world!
Today, Halloween has spread globally and traditions of costumes, candies, and games can be found in many countries. This article will cover the traditions of Halloween and similar celebrations around the world so we can better understand how different countries are hosting Halloween.
Pchum-benCambodia’s equivalent of Halloween, P’chum Ben, is held during December. At this time, they bring sweet sticky rice and beans wrapped in banana leaves to temples to honor their dead and gather with family and friends to hear music and speeches by monks.
Every October 31, both children and adults slip into the night as ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates. Many children dress up in fancy costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood. They come to each house and demand sweets or a small gift. If they do not get this, they threaten to do some harm to the inhabitants of the house.
Many Americans celebrate the traditions of Halloween by decorating ‘scary’ faces out of pumpkins or other vegetables their homes and gardens in Halloween style, dressing in costumes and telling tales of witches and ghosts. Preparing some small presents or sweets to offer to anyone who knocks on your door. This will help you to please the little spirits in your neighborhood!
Halloween has been celebrated in Germany for just 25 years. According to Spiegel Online, as well as the overlap with St. Martin’s Day, a holiday that follows under two weeks after Halloween on November 11. During this time, children walk around the neighborhood with lanterns, singing songs and reciting poems in exchange for treats.
Though many Germans are unhappy with Halloween’s because of the “trick” aspect of Halloween traditions makes many Germans angry, but it is growing popularity in Germany.
Italy imported this festival from the USA through films, TV and pop culture. Halloween is starting to develop a superior influence over Italy’s All Saints and All Souls Day, on November 1st and 2nd respectively. These days, Halloween has become more popular, especially younger generations, Italians get crazy about dressing up and playing tricks on their friends.
In Italy, many Italian families make bean-shaped caked called Beans of the Dead. In southern Italy, families prepare a feast for the departed relatives, then go to church, leaving their homes open so spirits can feast.
China has traditional days of the dead or ghost days that are thousands of years old that were part of the tribal folk religions in Asia. Foreign teachers have introduced the British and American Halloween of October 3.
In China, Teng Chieh goes on at this time of year, their equivalent to Halloween. They collect photographs of their family members who have passed and put food and water in front of them. They light up bonfires and lanterns to help with lighting the path they believe the spirits follow during Halloween.
Halloween continues to grow in popularity in Japan. It burst onto the scene in 2000 when Tokyo Disneyland hosted its first Halloween event.
However, Halloween in Japan isn’t an imitation of the American version. There’s no ‘trick or treating’ and most people don’t care about most of the Halloween traditions which are important elsewhere. Instead, people focus their creative energy on their Halloween costumes. Japanese people love to dress up and Halloween offers an opportunity for cosplay which is very popular in Japan. Halloween events such as zombie runs, flash mobs, and street parties are typical. They hold a parade in Kawasaki where nearly 4000 people stomp their way through Tokyo’s streets dressed up.
Halloween is hailed mainly as a children’s festivity in Mexico on October 31. It is often overshadowed by the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebrations on All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day. Halloween is not a public holiday in Mexico.
Women typically dress up as Catrinas-Mexico’s dame of death. They build private altars called ‘ofrendas’, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gift
Better known as El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls Day), Halloween in Spain is a three-day celebration that kicks off on October 31st.
Far from being a commercial holiday, the Spanish Halloween is all about honoring the dead and celebrating the continuity of life. Many families tend to gather at the grave of their deceased relatives with holy water, flowers, food, and drink in order to rejoice and socialize.
Some towns are decorated and parties are held throughout different cities.
Unlike the United States, countries have different activities, Halloween costumes but with the identity of those ethnic groups. Wherever you are, you can celebrate Halloween and experience this holiday in different countries to feel the difference.