Happy Halloween

Halloween 2015

Here are just a few different ways that other countries around the world celebrate:

Northern Ireland – Halloween is believed to have begun in Ireland from the Celtic roots of a pagan autumn festival called Samhain – the beginning of the harvest and a time when the spirits were believed to be able to return to earth. Each year Derry holds one of the biggest Halloween celebrations, creating enough music, noise and fireworks to scare the spirits back to where they came from.
In America they do it big – with pumpkins, costumes, carnivals and scarecrows – Universal studios in Los Angeles is transformed into a truly terrifying night of horrors which includes roaming zombies and scary rides.

Mexico celebrates “All Souls Day” on November 2 – it is a three day celebration that begins on October 31, honoring the dead, who they believe return to their previous homes on earth at Halloween. Many families make an altar in their homes to pay their respects to their dead relatives decorating it with sweets, flowers, photographs, and the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks.
In Germany all knives are put away on Halloween night to prevent harm to or from the returning spirits.
In China, Halloween is known as Teng Chieg. Food and water are placed in front of photographs of family members who have departed, and bonfires and lanterns are lit to light the paths of the spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night.
Hong Kong calls their Halloween celebration Yue Lan (festival of the hungry ghosts) and they believe that spirits wander around the world for 24 hours.

So Happy Halloween from Coachholidays.com!


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