It’s nearing the end of October which means Halloween is just around the corner. During this time of the year, people are usually planning their parties and deciding on what costume to wear to which party. However, there are long standing traditions that other countries have when it comes to the celebration of Halloween. These traditions have been carried out through hundreds of years by their ancestors and mark the spookiest day of the year.
A good example is how people in Germany celebrate Halloween every year. To the Germans, Halloween was never an annual event. In fact, Halloween celebration was only introduced in Germany in 1991. In southern Germany as well as Austria and Bavaria, Halloween is called the All Soul’s Week. This holiday is celebrated from October 30 to November 8. German people remember their relatives who passed away on this week and usually hold dinners in memory of their loved ones’ past life.
Italians, however, get a public holiday on Halloween. They also use this day to remember their loved ones who already passed away. An Italian tradition that is practiced on this day is to give children some presents that came from their relatives who passed away. This is like passing a memory from one generation to another. They also make cakes that are shaped like beans and call it Beans of the Dead.
Spanish people treat Halloween as a special and solemn holiday which is celebrated for three days. These days are referred to as the Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, El Dia de los Muertos. It starts on October 31 which is called the Day of the Witches. The next two days are called All Saints’ Day and the Day of the Dead (November 1 and 2). In some parts of Spain, October 31 is usually celebrated as a haunting festival called Night of the Pumpkins. During this day, they prepare a special alcoholic drink called quemada. It is usually placed inside a pumpkin and is drunk after reciting a special spell.
In Portugal, they celebrate Halloween almost the same way as the British people do. Portuguese people dress up and go trick or treating with their children the whole night. The only difference is that in Portugal, they celebrate another Holiday called All Saints’ Day which follows Halloween. It is a national Holiday where the Portuguese people spend their time honoring their loved ones who already passed away by visiting their graves and offering flowers and candles. After these offerings, they go back to their homes and celebrate with their traditional feast of chestnuts and wine.
This kind of celebration is very similar to how Polish people celebrate Halloween. They also have a public holiday following Halloween so they can visit their family member’s graves. They usually adorn the graves with small lanterns and candles. They also leave their windows and doors open at home to let the spirits in.
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