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Halloween - Foreign Edition (Second)

Nia Lopez

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Welcome back to the foreign edition of Halloween traditions! Last week, we reviewed the traditions of Walpurgis Night in Germany, Samhuinn Fire Festival from Scotland, and Daimonji from Japan! Surprisingly, there was a lot of fire involved. Maybe these other foreign traditions aren’t scorching!

 

Day of the Dead

Mexico

OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 2
This holiday is widely celebrated throughout Mexico, and one of the best places to visit during this holiday is Oaxaca. People dress up in costumes and paint their faces and find offerings to place at the altars of the dead. There, you will often find candles, marigolds, and musicians.

 

Gai Jatra

Nepal

AUGUST 30

Gai Jatra translates to Cow Festival, and according to legend, cows help the departed make it to the ‘other side.’ Children commonly dress as cows, and this celebration involves music, costumes, singing, face painting, and comedy as part of the day’s events.

 

Guy Fawkes Day

United Kingdom

NOVEMBER 5

Commonly known as “Bonfire Night,” this is the denouncing of a criminal named Fawkes, who planned to assassinate King James I, but instead, was caught before he lit off gunpowder barrels. Today, to resemble that, they light off fireworks instead (for modernization).