Halloween Traditions Around the World

BY Travel Writer

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Mexico, Latin America, and Spain

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead honors the dead who are believed to return to their homes on Halloween, it combines Catholicism’s All Saints and All Souls Days with ancient Aztec rituals. Officially commemorated on November 2nd and is a three-day celebration beginning on October 31st.

 

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Ireland

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween and the holiday is celebrated as much as in the United States. In rural areas, bonfires are lit as they were in the days of the Celts and children dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat.

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 China

In China, the Halloween tradition is known as . Water and food are placed in front of photographs of deceased family members. Bonfires and lanterns are lit to light the paths of the spirits as they travel the earth on that night. It is an important festival for the remembrance of the “pretas”, spirits who died as a result of an accident or drowning (their bodies never buried) and to free the spirits so that they may ascend into heaven.

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 Sweden

Sweden celebrates Halloween as Alla Helgons Dag and is a national holiday that lets school’s out early. Families go trick-or-treating and families visit their deceased relatives and pay their respects.

 

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Czechoslovakia

Dusicky is celebrated on November 2nd, the Commemoration of All the Departed, and is in the memory of deceased relatives. Many bring flowers and light candles in their memory.

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England

The English celebrate Guy Fawkes Night and is celebrated November 5th. Bonfires are lit and fireworks are set off, it is also common to wear a Guy Fawkes mask.

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Korea

Koreans celebrate Chuseok, which is in August, a day to pay respects and thank ancestors for all that they did. People visit their graves and leave small tokens like rice and fruit.

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United States of America

In the US, Halloween is celebrate October 31st. Many decorate their homes, dress up in costumes, carve pumpkins, and trick-or-treat.