Halloween might seem like a unique American holiday. However, the Halloween roots actually come from traditions of the Celts in Europe thousands of years ago. And today, holidays – or their versions – are celebrated in many countries around the world.
Of course, many countries and cultures also have their own holidays and festivals to celebrate the fall season. However, Halloween has spread far from its original roots and now takes place in many places, where it often associates with local traditions to create a unique celebration. What does Halloween look like in other countries that celebrate it? Let's see what the world is doing on October 31 of each year.
Scotland and Ireland
Ireland, with its Celtic history, is pretty much the birthplace of Halloween. And in modern Ireland and Scotland, the Halloween tradition is still topical. Halloween games and bonfires are part of the party, but the most interesting tradition may well be the barmbrack bread. This pastry is baked with hidden objects inside, such as rings and coins. According to superstition, the object you find in your barmbrack slice will tell you what your future holds for you.
In some parts of the United States, Halloween Eve calls Mischief Night. But this term comes from Britain at the origin, although the connection with Halloween took place once the tradition arrived in the United States
Halloween has treats, but Mischief Night has the tricks: it's the night of pranks and other nonsense. In modern Britain, night of mischief is often celebrated the night before Halloween, but sometimes celebrated the night before Bonfire Night on November 5th instead.
In Germany, Halloween is known as "All Hallows Eve", followed by All Saints Day on November 1st and All Saints Day on November 2nd. All Saints' Day began as the Christian response to the pagan festival that eventually became Halloween. However, today, many people celebrate Halloween and All Saints' Day.
Traditionally, Germans honor the dead on All Saints Day in put lamps and candles on the graves of deceased parents and decorating them with garlands of fir branches and pine cones. Similar celebrations of All Saints' Day also exist in other parts of Europe.
the Halloween celebration from the Philippines called Pangangaluluwa. This festival is synonymous with many traditions of a wide variety of cultural influences. However, Halloween traditions in the United States, such as costume parades and games of chance, are becoming increasingly popular in the Philippines.
Traditionally, Filipino children pass from Pangangaluluwâ to sing at the doors of the foreigner to be spoiled, as a combination of prank or prank and songs of Christmas. Interestingly, Christmas also characterizes this holiday as Filipinos start celebrating Christmas as early as September. Fooling your family members is another way to celebrate Pangangaluluwa. You could steal something small and hide it around the house to make it look like a ghost.
In Japan, Halloween is celebrated every year with thousands of costumed participants at the Kawasaki Halloween Parade near Tokyo. However, it's more than a parade, it's a massive costume contest. And not everyone can join: the entry requires an application and registration fees.
L & # 39; Austria
Some Austrians celebrate the Halloween season with a whole festival dedicated to pumpkins. The festival extends over a few days in late October and takes place in parts of Lower Austria. Although this festival has no initial connection with Halloween, the combination of pumpkins and late October brings a similar atmosphere. A Halloween parade is also associated with the festival and you will probably see giant pumpkins carved in the famous pumpkins of the region.