In this article, we will explore the festival in other countries. We will learn about the Chinese festival of Yu Lan, the Mexican festival of Dia de Muertos, the Japanese festival of Samhain, and Germany’s All Saints Day. You’ll also discover the history of Halloween and its different traditions in the UK, France, and the United States. Hopefully, this article will help you choose the perfect costume for your Halloween celebration.
Chinese festival of Yu Lan
The Chinese festival of Yu Lan, or the night before the autumn harvest, is an annual tradition that lasts for a full month. The festival is marked with colorful decorations, including bamboo scaffolds covered with colorful paper and cloth. It’s a time to worship ancestors, and is a form of filial piety in Chinese culture. The Yu Lan festival first came to Hong Kong in the 1940s. During this night, locals will make offerings to ghosts and spirits on temporary bamboo altars in open spaces around the neighborhood.
The Chinese festival of Yu Lan is also celebrated around the world. It’s held during the seventh lunar month, which is approximately end August or early September. In Hong Kong, the festival is celebrated alongside the Qingming festival to honor deceased loved ones. This festival is also celebrated by the elderly to appease ghosts. Although there is little history behind this practice, it has become an integral part of Hong Kong culture.
The Chinese festival of Yu Lan is a popular tradition in many Western countries. In China, the gates of hell are said to open on the first day of the seventh lunar month. The ghosts can roam the Earth for the month, but they get hungry after two weeks. Therefore, on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month, the Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated. There’s even food to celebrate the Halloween spirits!
The festival is similar to Halloween in the Western world. Chinese people also celebrate Teng Chieh, or the Hungry Ghost Festival, which involves placing food and water offerings next to pictures of deceased loved ones and relatives. Bonfires and lanterns are also lit on the night of the festival to guide the spirits on their way to the afterlife. However, Chinese Halloween is not celebrated in China as much as Halloween in the West.
Mexican festival of Dia de Muertos
The celebration of the Mexican festival of Dia de Muertos occurs over two days in November. It is an important time for mourning the dead and remembering the lives lost to death. Dia de los Muertos was originally a Spanish holiday, and the traditions of the festival are widely celebrated throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. However, the celebration has also gained popularity outside of Mexico, especially among Latinos.
For a more in-depth look at the celebration, visit the National Geographic website. You can view a pictorial spread with fast facts and vocabulary, and learn about the cultural significance of this Mexican holiday. You can also visit Harvard University’s Peabody Museum to view an ongoing exhibit about the festival. The museum provides lesson plans and a fact sheet to accompany the exhibition. A video produced by the nonprofit arts organization Mis Cositas explores the preparations for the celebration of el Dia de Muertos.
Despite the similarities between the Day of the Dead and Halloween, the two holidays are distinct in their traditions. Mexicans consider Halloween a piece of gringo culture that has invaded their country. It’s a cultural offense to wear Day of the Dead iconography as a Halloween costume, since this is not the appropriate attire for the day. For those who don’t feel comfortable wearing the skull costumes, Mexican Catholics often wear costumes that feature Day of the Dead iconography.
The celebration of Dia de Muertos is a time to remember and honor those who have passed away. Families create altars in their homes, complete with colorful offerings, including flowers and candles. The deceased’s favorite food or drink is also left on the altar. Families may also prepare sugar skulls and bread for their loved ones’ grave sites. Some families go as far as sleeping at the cemetery while playing music.
Japanese festival of Samhain
The Japanese celebrate the Buddhist holiday Bon Festival on Halloween to remember the deceased. The festival is celebrated by lighting lanterns that cascade down bodies of water and represent the spirits returning to the underworld. Romanians celebrate the story of “Dracula” on Halloween. They believe the legend has a basis in fact, and Dracula often haunts their towns during this time. It is also believed that Halloween originated from pagan customs.
While many Westerners associate Halloween with scares and spooky monsters, in Japan, the holiday is celebrated for a different purpose. While it is celebrated worldwide, in Japan, it is also a time to show off anime and manga. Anime fans can participate in parades, contests and mascots. The celebration of Halloween is a good opportunity for anime fans to demonstrate their love for the genre.
In ancient Ireland, the Celtic tribes celebrated Samhain on October 31. The Halloween celebrations are based on old harvest traditions. Old-fashioned games such as snap-apple and apple bobbing are still played in many areas. The Irish also celebrate Samhain with a bonfire in their homes. This custom influenced the development of trick-or-treating, which is now celebrated across the world.
The festival of Samhain is also celebrated in Japan. According to legend, the dead souls will return to earth to feast with the living. Different communities celebrate the holiday differently, but in general, Halloween is celebrated as a happy celebration of the dead. Families treat the spirits returning to their homes as their guests and leave offerings and food at their homes altars. Interestingly, Japanese brewers also make an altar dedicated to the deceased.
Germany’s All Saints Day
Most of the European countries celebrate Halloween, but Germany has a slightly different approach. October 31 is Reformation Day, so Halloween is already occupied by the Protestant holiday. On November 1, Germans celebrate All Saints’ Day, which also known as Saint Martin’s Day. Children parade through the streets with homemade paper lanterns and sing songs as they ask for sweets. In some regions, Halloween is also celebrated in bars.
Originally, All Saints’ Day was a festival honoring the martyrs of the Christian world. It was first celebrated in Rome, where a temple dedicated to the gods was converted into a shrine for St. Mary and her martyrs. The name “All Saints’ Day” also refers to the Reformation movement, which began during the Middle Ages. Although the day’s name is confusing, Germans are overwhelmingly proud of their Christian heritage.
After the Reformation, Germans adopted All Saints Day as their own holiday in order to avoid confusion with the Protestants. This day is a time to remember the dead, and Germans take it very seriously. The tradition of visiting graves on All Saints Day is similar to Halloween. Germans also enjoy different types of pastries on the two days. The famous Allerheiligenstriezel is one such specialty.
Many Germans also decorate graves in memory of their deceased loved ones. Candles are placed on graves with lit candles and floral arrangements. Several German towns have elaborate procession floats decorated with flowers and wreaths. While these traditional customs are strictly based on religious beliefs, Germans also honor the dead through their prayers. In fact, many graveyards feature a procession of lit candles that commemorate the dead.
Japan’s Guy Fawkes’ effigy
Japanese street vendors have a tradition of burning effigies of Guy Fawkes during Halloween. This infamous character has become a symbol for the holiday. In fact, a Guy Fawkes’ effigy was burned this year in Tokyo. The effigy is made of plastic and painted black to resemble the iconic character. It was created to celebrate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which failed to assassinate the British Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth I. Although Guy Fawkes was not the mastermind of the plot, his gang were arrested for the ill-fated attempt on November 5, 1605.
Unlike in the UK, Japan’s Halloween tradition is unique. It involves burning a giant effigy of Guy Fawkes. The effigy is also a popular souvenir. Many Japanese have costumes to wear on Halloween, as it is an easy way to show you care. Moreover, it is fun to dress up as a ghost! A Guy Fawkes’ effigy also gives a sense of fright to the children.
The tradition of burning an effigy is linked to the gunpowder plot, and in Japan, a Guy Fawkes effigy is also a symbol of the gunpowder-inspired ‘Terror’. In Japan, it is considered an appropriate costume for Halloween, and it is the best way to celebrate the spooky holiday. However, the effigy is often burned in a cemetery to send spirits back to their graves.
Interestingly, Japan has no tradition of trick-or-treating for Halloween, but they still have a tradition of collecting money for the effigy. In fact, trick-or-treating was once an exotic import to Japan. In fact, in the past, Japan had only recently banned the practice of trick-or-treating. However, Japanese Halloween celebrations are still very popular and celebrated around the world.