Halloween Around The World

Halloween is one of the most historical and celebrated holidays around the world but what you might not know is that not all countries celebrate Halloween in the same way. Below is a list of some countries from around the world and how they celebrate this spooky holiday.

Ireland

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Ireland is believed to be the actual birthplace of Halloween. Bonfires are lit in various fields and rural areas all over the country and children dress up in various different costumes and go “trick or treating” in their local areas. For those of you who don’t know what trick or treating is, it is when children knock on peoples doors and receive treats in exchange for dressing up in their costumes.
Children have also been known to really take the trick in trick or treating quite literally and it is not uncommon for children to play tricks on their neighbours such as “Knick-Knacking” which is when you knock on someone’s door and run away before the door is opened.

 

Japan

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In Japan the people celebrate what is known as “Obon Festival” which is a similar event to Halloween in that it is dedicated to the dead. The celebration involves the preparation of special food and red lanterns are hung everywhere. The lanterns have candles placed inside them and they are set afloat in rivers and the sea. During the “Obon Festival” a fire is lit every single night to show spirits where their families might be found. During “Obon” the dead are believed to go back to where they were born. The Festival takes place during July or August each year.

Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong the people celebrate what is known as Yue Lan as the equivalent to Halloween. The name literally translates to “Festival of the hungry ghosts” and is believed to be a time when spirits are free to do as they please for 24 hours. During the festival some people burn pictures of fruit or money believing that by doing so these images would actually reach the spirits and bring the some much needed comfort.

 

Germany

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In Germany the celebrations are much the same as in Ireland and other countries around the world in that people dress up in different costumes and children go trick or treating in their local areas. One thing which is unique to Germans when it comes to celebrating Halloween is that on the actual night (31st of October) people hide all of the knives in their house, the reason for this is they are worried that the returning spirits might actually hurt themselves if they are left out. Very caring attitude from our German friends.

 

France

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France celebrates Halloween in a way like no other we have mentioned, the reason for this is that a lot of people in France do not actually celebrate at all, Halloween is simply known as an American holiday and not as a time to honour the dead. However there have been a few occasions when the country has made a little bit of an effort as seen in the picture below, but if you are really a Halloween lover make sure you avoid France coming up to this time of year.

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If you have experienced Halloween in another location we have not covered in this list please do not hesitate to drop us a comment and let us know, from all of us here at AirCrewser, Happy Halloween.

oktoberfest

Oktoberfest around the world

We all know that Oktoberfest originated from the great city of Munich where it is celebrated every year in style. However, if you are someone who travels and loves German beer and bratwursts don’t worry because below are the top cities apart from Munich you can also enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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The second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich takes place in Canada’s twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener was actually named Berlin from 1833 until 1916 because of the large number of German immigrants migrating to the city. Attracting about 700,000 people per year and enough steins to serve an army you really get the full Oktoberfest experience.

Blumenau, Brazil


Blumenau also known as Brazils little Germany is hosts to South America’s best and well-known Oktoberfest celebrations. In 1850, German philosopher Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, along founded the town as an agricultural colony. Today about 30 percent of the towns 320,000 residents are thought to be of German decent. It is estimated that about 650,000 liters of beer are consumed every year which is a more then valiant effort from everyone who attends.

Hong Kong


Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel celebrates its own version of Oktoberfest every year, Packed with authentic German beer, German cuisine and German music. Unlike some of the other drink till you can’t anymore the hotel only serves 200 steins per night so if you really want to take in this unique experience make sure you arrive early. The celebration, which stretches for 23 days, attracts more than 53,000 guests, who consume over 71,000 liters of beer.

Brisbane, Australia


If you’re down under but don’t want to miss the Oktoberfest experience you need to head to Brisbane, which hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest. The celebration attracts crowds of more than 30,000, however big festival manages do their best to maintain an intimate feel, thanks to the two Australian-German families who started, and still run, the festival. The festival takes place over the course of two weekends in October, Oktoberfest Brisbane features traditional German food and traditional German beer brewed specially for the event.

South Africa


From September to November, Bierfest, South Africa’s own version of Oktoberfest travels through three South African cities. Each stop features a 4,000-seat beer tent, inspired by the original Munich event as well as three specialty beers brewed by brew masters from the South African Breweries. In addition to beer and traditional German food and of course that authentic German Oktoberfest music. A great experience for anyone who gets the opportunity.

What other destinations are known for having great Oktoberfest?

Summer Holidays in Dubai with Travel WiFi

There is nothing better than being able to stay connected to your own wifi when you are in holidays.

The Travel WiFi Worldwide Plans provide an extensive coverage in up to 100 countries and Dubai, UAE, was one of them.

Although I had wifi connection at my accommodation, the Travel Wifi was amazing once I left the house. I was able to use google maps, post on social media, check my emails and look for local information such us restaurants, places to visit and of course best beach resorts.

The wifi plan offers 500 MB/ day,  so I was conscious to make the most of it by using it only when i really needed it. The speed was amazing and so the coverage. The daily plan actually lasted me throughout the day, so for one person this is enough to do your own things.

If you think you need to use more data and you must share it with someone else, you can top - up more data, however this is not officially promoted on Travel WiFi website, so you will need to enquire about it. Travel WiFi is going to have this feature launched by the end of the year so keep an eye on their website.

Below are some of the places where I used Travel WiFi and worked amazingly:

 

Westin Mina Seyahi | Dubai Marina Resort

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 Apres | Dubai Emirates Mall

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This travel gadget is worth your money because you will have the peace of mind of not worrying about data roaming charges and you can take it with you everywhere you go! To find out more about Travel WiFi, check their website: www.travelwifi.ie

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle: A fairy Tale

The best way to experience the taste of a fairy tale is to actually visit the Neuschwanstein castle. Surrounded by the Alps and situated on the top of a cliff, you will feel like living back in time, immersed in a magical land. This is how actually Jessica Mai felt when she visited the Neuschwanstein Castle with her friends as part of her layover in Munich.

Jessica Mai

Instagram: @jesscairney_ek

How to get the Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle is almost 90 mins driving from Munich. You can book a tour online to pick you up from your hotel or any other location. The journey to the castle is captivating, the Bavarian scenery is truly vivid.

The tickets can be purchased when you arrive at the premises. 

What you need to know

If you are planning to visit this fairy tale castle any time soon, you should definitely do it but to make the most of it take into account the following:

  • It is best advised to be there early. So you can avoid huge crowds of tourists and the endless queues to the entrance;
  • You are not allowed to go in whenever you want. There are tours every half hour in different languages.
  • Once you are in, you are not allowed to take pictures. However the interior of the castle is breathtaking and is worthed.
  • The tour guides are quiet quick. So you can’t wonder around at your own pace but you will learn a lot about the fascinating story of castle.

A bit of history…

The castle was built under the reign of King Ludwig II and it was meant to be used as a personal refuge.

The king got to spend only 11 nights in the castle as he suddenly he passed away.

The construction started in 1869 and stopped in 1886, immediately after the king’s death. A large part of the castle is still not finished until today.

The king had a particular love for swans. Thus most of the interior designs of the castle are highly influenced by the shape and beauty of swans.

 

If you visited the castle already, what did you like the most about it?

 

Note* The credit for this blog goes to @jesscairney_ek