Halloween may seem like a uniquely American holiday. However, Halloween’s roots actually come from Celtic traditions in Europe for thousands of years. Today, the holiday is celebrated – or copied – 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 is now happening in a lot of places, where it is often combined with local traditions to create a one-of-a-kind celebration. What does Halloween look like in other countries that celebrate it? Let’s take a look at what the world does on the 31st of October every year.
Scotland and Ireland
Ireland, with its Celtic history, is very much the birthplace of Halloween. And in modern-day Ireland and Scotland, the tradition of Halloween is still strong. Halloween games and bonfires are part of the celebration there, but perhaps the most interesting tradition is Barmbrac Bread. These pastries are baked inside with hidden objects, such as rings and coins. According to superstition, the item you find in the barmbark slice will tell you what your future holds.
In certain parts of the United States, Halloween is called Mischief Night. But this term Originally from Britain, although it only became associated with Halloween once the tradition reached the United States
Halloween has the rewards, but Mischief Night has the tricks – it’s the night of pranks and other mayhem. In modern Britain, Mischief Night is often celebrated the night before Halloween, but it is Celebrated sometimes 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 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. Halloween began as a Christian response to the pagan holiday that eventually became Halloween. However, today many people celebrate both Halloween and Halloween.
Traditionally, Germans honor the deceased on Halloween Put lamps and candles On the graves of deceased relatives, decorate the graves with wreaths made of spruce branches and pinecones. Similar Halloween celebrations also exist in other parts of Europe.
The Halloween-like party From the Philippines it is called Pangangaluluwâ. This holiday coincides with many traditions from a variety of cultural influences. However, Halloween traditions in the United States such as costumed parades and trick-or-treating are also becoming more common in the Philippines.
Traditionally, Filipino children spend Pangangaluluwâ singing at strangers’ doors for rewards, such as a combination of trick-or-treating and Christmas carols. Interestingly, Christmas decorations also mark this holiday, as Filipinos begin to celebrate Christmas Early in September. Playing pranks on your family members is another way to celebrate Pangangaluluwâ – you can steal something small and hide it around the house to make it look as if a ghost did it.
In Japan, Halloween is celebrated every year with thousands of costumed participants in the Kawasaki Halloween Parade near Tokyo. However, it’s more than just a review – it’s just huge fashion contest. And not just anyone can join: Entry requires an application and entry fee.
Some Austrians celebrate Halloween with a whole festival custom pumpkin. This festival spans a few days at the end of October and takes place in certain parts of Lower Austria. Although the festival initially had no association with Halloween, the combination of pumpkins and late October certainly brings a similar vibe. There is also a Halloween parade associated with the festival now, and you are likely to see some lanterns carved into the famous pumpkins in the area on display.