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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.