It is easy to believe that Americans celebrate Halloween better than other people. After all, it is the most fun-filled holiday in the country. But how true is this belief? We are sure that most Americans will be surprised to experience how Halloween is celebrated in other countries. Are you curious about what happens on Halloween day in other countries? Here are six Halloween traditions around the world you and your family can enjoy reading together!
It is generally believed that Halloween originated from Ireland, and it is cool to see that the tradition is different from what we practice in North America. To celebrate Halloween, the Irish carve turnips, hang apples, and play pranks on neighbors.
On a special night in Austria, people leave bread, water, and a lighted lamp out all night. This is done to welcome dead souls back to earth for the night. Most adherents do this so that they will stay on the good side of these wandering spirits.
German Christians observe a series of church activities from October 30 to November 8 to honor the saints that have gone before us. It is also a common practice for Germans to hide their knives during this period so that that visiting spirits are not harmed or scared off by the movement of sharp objects.
In Scotland, people celebrate Halloween in a similar fashion to Ireland. There are a few strange traditions, however. One of the simple ones is peeling an apple. There is a general belief that if one peels an apple in one long strip and throw it behind their backs, it will form the first letter of the name of the person’s future spouse.
Some of the things we do in North America to celebrate Halloween, including trick-or-treat, originated in England. There are notable differences, however. In England today, Halloween features massive bonfires with people throwing stones and nuts into the fire, believing that it can tell the throwers fate regarding love and death.
Halloween has been significantly promoted in Japan to the extent that it has become tremendously popular. The Kawasaki Halloween Parade is the biggest parade of its kind in the country, and participants must apply for entry two months before it commences.
Halloween is steadily becoming a worldwide holiday. The celebration varies in different places, and these are just six notable traditions in six major countries.