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Día de Los Muertos: Mexico

Día de Los Muertos: Mexico

  • The Day of the Dead is a culturally rich tradition akin to Halloween that takes place on November 1 and 2.
  • The Day of the Dead is all about celebrating life, joy, and color. Its essence is to demonstrate love and respect for the spirits of departed family members.
  • The celebrations include activities like dressing in bright makeup and dazzling costumes, throwing parades, singing, and dancing.
  • What marks this holiday as especially unique is the custom of making offerings to loved ones. Families build temporary altars as a tribute to deceased ancestors. The altars are laid with confections like sugar skulls and bottles of tequila, as well as marigolds and photographs of the lost.

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La Toussaint: France

La Toussaint: France

In France, Halloween is often outshone by La Toussaint, All Saints Day, on November 1. The tradition in France is marked by the laying of Chrysanthemums at the graves of relatives.

The French reserve little fanfare for Halloween as it is seen as an imported American tradition. All ...

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Samhain: Ireland

Samhain: Ireland

  • One of the most interesting Halloween traditions around the world is practiced in Ireland. In fact, Halloween originated from Samhain or “All Hallowtide”, a pagan Irish festival that marks the end of summer.
  • A long-held Halloween custom is the baking and eating of Barmbrack, a dense...

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Teng Chieh: China

Teng Chieh: China

  • The Hungry Ghost Festival is not strictly a Halloween custom. Rather, it is an old Daoist tradition that guides the spirits that walk the earth.
  • On the 15th day of the 7th lunar month (Ghost Month), at dusk, people lay out incense, food, and water in front of photos...

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Fet Gede: Haiti

Fet Gede: Haiti

  • The Festival of the Dead has all the verve of Halloween tradition, but with a completely different cultural backdrop.
  • On November 1 and 2, Haitian practitioners of Voodoo, Vodouisants, pay their respects to Baron Samedi, father of the deceased spirits.
  • Vodouisants dance in ...

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Dia das Bruxas: Portugal

Dia das Bruxas: Portugal

  • Dia das Bruxas, or Day of the Witches, is the equivalent of Halloween in Portugal. The holiday shares many of its traditional roots with Halloween.
  • Trick-or-treating is a staple of Dia das Bruxas, but children ask for bread, fruits, or nuts instead of candy.
  • Families also v...

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Hallowmas Eve: Hong Kong

Hallowmas Eve: Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong has gradually begun to embrace Halloween, despite its colonialist origins. For the whole American Halloween experience, Halloween Time in Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.
  • The event includes an interactive performance by Disney Villains, who sing or...

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Halloween: Japan

Halloween: Japan

  • Halloween in Japan has taken on a life of its own since it was first celebrated at Tokyo Disneyland in 2000. The Japanese place little importance on American Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating.
  • Where Americans might wear basic costumes from a party store, the Japanese will ...

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La Festa di Ognissanti: Italy

La Festa di Ognissanti: Italy

  • Halloween customs are rooted in ancient traditions like La Festa di Ognissanti, or Hallowmas, in Italy.
  • November 1 is All Saints Day, the first day of Hallowmas, which celebrates the Catholic saints.
  • On this holiday, Italians will spend time with their families and even exc...

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Sint-Maarten: the Netherlands

Sint-Maarten: the Netherlands

Halloween in The Netherlands is a small affair, seen as evidence of Americanisation and commercialism rather than as a cultural institution. Despite this, shades of Halloween can be seen in the wild parties dotted around Amsterdam.

  • However, on November 11, the Dutch hold Sint-...

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  • On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.
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