Halloween Celebration : China,Ireland & Mexico

Halloween Day is Here ! In the USA we celebrate with treats,costume & fun. But in other parts of the world they celebrate the holiday too –   How do you celebrate the Day?  Lisa

In China:

Halloween is essentially a Western holiday and has a long history, Halloween has and will likely always remain a holiday primarily celebrated in the United States and Canada. Other countries might take part in some way or fashion. Chinese celebrate Halloween in a different way and celebrated in several ways. There are several festivals, and also a feast for the souls of those who have passed away.
In China Halloween is really a non-event for the Chinese, but there are however a couple special events that do kind of concur with Halloween. The festival of Teng Chieh, the The Feast of the Hungry Ghosts, and the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. They’re all geared toward celebrating the spirits of family members who’ve passed on to the ‘next world.’ You might see people dress up as ghosts for these celebrations, but again… they’re not on the day we consider to be Halloween. The festival of Teng Chieh, Families celebrate the lives of their relatives who have passed away before them. Food and water are placed in front of photographs, They also light the way for these spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night. through the lighting of bonfires and lanterns.

 

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In Ireland ( the origin of Halloween)

They celebrate as we do -While the origin of Halloween doesn’t lie specifically in Derry, the world’s biggest Halloween party is held in that city every year. More than 30,000 people take to the streets, most of them dressed as witches, ghouls, vampires and monsters from the Otherworld.

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In Mexico ( The day of the Dead)

They do celebrate Halloween but it is over shadowed by the More traditional Celebration of : The Day of the Dead ( like American Memorial day) it honors those deported- with visit to graves,food, flowers and an alter of remembrance.

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The “calavera” (skull) is a humorously morbid poem which is addressed to a friend or public figure. This genre of poetry has its origin in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, in early 17th century Spain.

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