Halloween Customs Around The World
Halloween is one of the most colorful and interesting festivals of the world.
Human beings haven’t discovered much about the life after death, so we have made speculation.
One of the popular beliefs includes the concept of heaven and hell.
It is believed that the souls visit the earth on one day of the year so that they can see their loved ones they left behind.
The day is celebrated in order to pay respect to their deceased relatives.
Although, the way it is celebrated differs from one place to another.
Here are 5 ways in which it is celebrated around the world.
1. Day of Dracula – Romania
The Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania becomes a popular spot for attending the Halloween theme party. It is attended by a lot of tourists, in fact, a lot of tourists travel to Romanis during this time of the year just to celebrate Halloween there.
It is considered to be the home of Vlad the Impaler, but it is a matter of debate if he ever lived there or even if he ever visited the place.
2. Ognissanti – Italy
The day is also known as All Saints Day, is celebrated on 1 November. It is held as a national holiday.
People leave fresh flowers, generally chrysanthemums, on the graves of the loved ones, sometimes even on the graves of the strangers. They start to do this few days prior to the main event.
The process makes the graveyards look colorful, that is meant to take away the gloominess of the place.
3. Kawasaki Halloween parade – Japan
It is one of the most unique and celebrated events of the year. Around 4000 people gather at Kawasaki, just outside the Tokyo. It has been celebrated for last 21 years.
The parade has strict guidelines, so you have to apply 2 months prior to the main event.
4. Dia De Los Muertos – Mexico
It is roughly translated to Day of the dead.
It is believed that the gates of heaven open up at midnight on October 31, and the souls of kids come to visit their loved ones on 1 November followed by the souls of adults on 2 November.
The festival is celebrated for 2 consecutive days.
They arrange toys and candies for the souls of the kids, cigars are arranged for the souls of the adults.
5. Pitru Paksha – India
In the Hindu culture, it is believed that Yama, the god of death takes away the soul of the deceased to the purgatory, where the deceased will meet his past 3 generations.
It is termed as Pitru Paksha. The 16 days during the second Paksha of the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada, it is believed that the souls are briefly allowed to return to Earth and be with their families.