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What is Halloween ?

The little chubby witches or the bedsheet clad cute-sy demons would tug your dress and shout “Trick or Treat!” as they extend a bag across for candy. It is October already and time to welcome Halloween 2015!

Celebrated on the eve of 31st October, Halloween day is said to have originated in Ireland. In the 19th century Ireland, families would gather to light candles and pray for the souls of dead after which the eating, drinking, and games would begin. Slowly it gained popularity worldwide. The legends say, Samhain, the lord of death becomes powerful and overpowers the Sun God. On October 31, Samhain assembles all the evil spirits who had died the previous year and allows them to return home to visit the living.

That’s the what and why of Halloween, but what does it mean to us, the ones bitten by wanderlust? An opportunity to travel and experience this intriguing festival first hand.

So rack your brains for some of the wackiest Halloween costume ideas and ready yourself for a wonderful Halloween adventure.

Compiled here is the list of places that celebrate Halloween in most unique way, which one are you visiting this year?

Czech Republic’s Halloween Tradition

The Czechs celebrate Halloween by putting chairs by the fireplace. The chairs are arranged for both the living and deceased members of the family. Prayers are offered and memories of the dead are shared on the Halloween night.

Germany’s Halloween Tradition

In Germany, on the Halloween night, Germans put away all the knives they have, as they believe that it could possibly harm the spirits who are returning on this night.

South Korea’s Halloween Tradition

Koreans celebrate ‘The Chuseok Festival’ which is very similar to Halloween. It is when the families come together and remember and thank their ancestors for their hard work and labor. They often, go and visit the tombs to offer fruits and rice. Their tradition is very similar to Japanese ‘O-Bon Festival’.

China’s Halloween Tradition

In China, the Halloween festival is known as Teng Chieh. On this occasion they collect pictures of the deceased family members and put food and water in front of them. They also light up lanterns and bonfires to light the path of the spirits while they travel during Halloween.

England’s Halloween Tradition

British kids seem to be little smarter than their worldwide counterparts. Wonder why? Read on! On the occasion of Halloween, they pick and carve designs of their liking on the big beetroots called punkies, and then go on the streets and sing the Punkie night song and knock on the doors. Instead of asking for candy, they ask for money. Smart, right?

Belgium’s Halloween Tradition

In Belgium, Halloween day is a low-key affair. Belgians light a candle in the memory of their dead relatives on the Halloween night. They offer prayers, share good memories and stories of the deceased remembering the good times spent together.

Austria’s Halloween Tradition

Austrians believe Halloween is a magical night when the souls of dead come back to the earth. As an Austrian Halloween tradition, locals leave bread, water and a lighted lamp on the table before calling it a day. It is their way of welcoming the spirits visiting them.

Sweden’s Halloween Tradition

Halloween in Sweden means week-long festivities! Also known as ‘Alla Helgons Dag’, this festival is celebrated from October 31st to November 6th and is a national holiday that comprises of a shortened work and school day. The children go collecting trick-or-treat in neighbourhoods and families visit the graves of their departed loved ones.

Spain, Mexico and Latin America’s Halloween Tradition

The Mexicans celebrate ‘El Dia de los Muertos’ or the ‘Day of the Dead’ on the dates from October 31 to November 2, which is very similar to the Halloween. The festivities continue for 3 days in Spain, Mexico and Latin America. Families set out altars in their homes with food, water, flowers and candy for their deceased family members. People wear skeleton costumes and attend parades during the festivities. The festival honours the spirits and is a joyous celebration instead of a sombre one.

Singapore’s Halloween Celebrations

Halloween in Singapore is a grand event. People of Singapore celebrate Halloween by throwing parties, decorating their houses just to give it a chilling look, wearing unique and frightening Halloween costumes, etc. The theme based parties of Halloween attract the people of Singapore as well as the tourists.

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