Halloween Around the World

No matter how you celebrate, Have a Wonderful Holiday!


"Halloween is pretty much a North American holiday, as we celebrate it now," said Regina Hansen, a master lecturer at Boston University's College of General Studies, who has expertise in Halloween-related practices throughout history and popular culture.

"There are countries that have All Saints' celebrations or Day of the Dead or All Souls Day type of celebrations that are not Halloween," she said. "They are different things that happen to occur at the same time."

Around the same time as Halloween, some families in Mexico gather to remember deceased friends and family members for a holiday known as el Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on November 2nd. Celebrations typically begin two days before.

Meanwhile, some families in Nigeria celebrate the Odo masquerade festival, which is a somewhat similar honoring of the dead, during which festival participants wear masks and perform theatrical acts.

Before Halloween, typically in August, some families in China celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival, a month-long ancient tradition that pays respect to the spirits of the dead on the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

In some countries, certain American Halloween traditions have emerged, among children and adults alike. For instance, some adults travel to spooky places like Transylvania around Halloween.

Located just outside of the Romanian city of Brasov, Bran Castle -- made famous by Irish author Bram Stoker as Dracula's Castle -- tends to host Halloween celebrations of its own.

Meanwhile, in Japan, Halloween has become an event for adults to enjoy with cosplay and parties.

In some countries, certain American Halloween traditions have emerged, among children and adults alike. For instance, some adults travel to spooky places like Transylvania around Halloween.

Located just outside of the Romanian city of Brasov, Bran Castle -- made famous by Irish author Bram Stoker as Dracula's Castle -- tends to host Halloween celebrations of its own.

Meanwhile, in Japan, Halloween has become an event for adults to enjoy with cosplay and parties.

In some countries, certain American Halloween traditions have emerged, among children and adults alike. For instance, some adults travel to spooky places like Transylvania around Halloween.

Located just outside of the Romanian city of Brasov, Bran Castle -- made famous by Irish author Bram Stoker as Dracula's Castle -- tends to host Halloween celebrations of its own.

Meanwhile, in Japan, Halloween has become an event for adults to enjoy with cosplay and parties.

Thanks to CNN for the info

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