05 Oct Quirky Halloween Trends around the World
Fright season is soon approaching and with the chill comes the Halloween mood. It is about time people started gathering up their cozy sweaters, hot cider, and homemade pumpkin dishes but before we can do that let us think about the bright side that comes with holidays. Regardless of age, Halloween never seems to lose its vigor. Many countries of the world, share the October chill and it would be interesting to know how a few conduct the festivities around it. It is important to note that not everyone says Halloween; others know it as All Hallows’ Eve, All Halloween or All Saints’ Eve. The list of countries that celebrate Halloween is long and most of them will not make it on our list;
Celebrations are divided in this country with some people celebrating All Saints’ Day as others observe Halloween. For those who commemorate Halloween, the festivity involves lighting candles in memory of dead family members on Halloween night.
The holiday is celebrated on the last day of October every year. Introduced by the Irish and Scottish immigrants in the 1800s, celebrations involve wearing of party costumes, decorating houses and tricking each other.
There is a custom of trick or treat celebrated all over England to commemorate Halloween. Also known as Mischief Night, children in England curve designs from large beet plants that are known as punkies. This is equivalent to what happens in the US but beets are replaced with pumpkins.
Halloween in France is celebrated amidst controversy pertaining to the dates. It is not really a French holiday because most of those who celebrate it get influenced by people from other cultures and countries. Expect to see costume parties and scary outfits during Halloween celebrations in France.
Halloween in Germany started gaining ground as a holiday as soon as it was introduced in the 1990s. For most people, it was observed with house decorations as people prepared for the winter. This Halloween party theme does come in handy when celebrating Matinstag, a German holiday that is observed by wearing of costumes and a lantern procession.
You will often hear the phrase “Dia de los Muertos” around October when you are in Mexico or Spain. In honor of the spirits of the dead, people in these countries believe that October 31, is the day on which spirits of their dead relatives come to visit and stay with their families until November 2. This time is dedicated to celebrating and often will be marked by elaborate decorations and special food.