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Halloween Traditions Around The World

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Halloween: How it all started

Halloween has its roots in the old Celtic celebration known as Samhain (declared "sah-win"). The celebration of Samhain is a festival of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic society.
Samhain was used by the pagans to stock up on supplies for the winter. They believed that on October 31, the lines between the universes of the living and the dead became blurred and the perished would return to life intent on causing destruction.
We had a look at how Halloween is celebrated around the world:

In the United States

Halloween kidsHalloween is celebrated in diverse ways across the country. Normally it is celebrated amongst family and companions. Adults may celebrate by viewing scary movies or going to fancy-dress parties. Kids also embrace the festival by wearing extravagant fancy dress outfits and embarking on an evening of ‘trick or treating’ in their local community.

In the UK, different events are held across the country

  • The Hop Farm, Kent: Event runs from 6pm until late. Guests can go on an excursion through the scary corridors involving Mr Porky’s meats manufacturing plant.
  • Brighton, East Sussex: Lots of zombies will be at this year’s Beach of the Dead event, party guests will join Brighton’s annual zombie walk which lasts around two hours.
  • London Wetland Centre: Get to know your creepy neighbours - such as bats and spiders - at Britain’s best urban wildlife site. Click here for more information.

In Mexico

Halloween in Mexico
The Halloween festivity is called Dia de los Muertos which translates to “Day of the Dead” in English. With this day, Mexicans welcome family who may have passed on. Some Mexicans believe that their spirits come back to their homes to reconcile with their loved ones.

In Austria

Halloween in Austria

People who celebrate Halloween leave a loaf of bread with water and a lighted table lamp before they go to bed. By doing this, they believe that it will encourage the dead souls back to earth during this particular night.

In China

Halloween in China

Hallow’s eve festival is known as Teng Chieh. Photographs of family members who have passed away are gathered together, and some food and water are placed next to them. Bonfires or lanterns are lit as a symbol to light their spiritual paths.