Check Out These Fascinating Halloween Traditions From Around the World
October 31, 2016
Here in America, we enjoy dressing up in silly costumes and going trick-or-treating on Halloween, but have you ever wondered how cultures around the world celebrate their own versions of Halloween? Here are a few fascinating Halloween festivities from countries near and far!
- In Ireland, Halloween is observed in much the same way as it is in America: with fun costumes, trick-or-treating, and the addition of bonfires in the more rural areas.
- In Austria, people welcome souls into their homes by leaving bread, water and a lit lamp on a table before going to bed for the night.
- In Belgium, people honor their dead relatives by lighting candles on Halloween.
- In China, Buddhist temples fashion "boats of the law" out of paper and burn them in the evening hours to free spirits and welcome them into Heaven.
- In England, children used to carve designs into "punkies," or large beets, and parade them through the streets while singing the "Punkie Night Song" and marching door to door asking for money. Later, Halloween became Guy Fawkes Night and moved a few days later.