Jett around the World

How the World Celebrates Halloween ( OR we used to party on Halloween)

OK so this is us. The date was something B.C. (BEFORE CHILD) and, as you can clearly see, we rock the party. Just look at us. I'm rocking a True Blood tshirt (yes, ok, I DID buy a t-shirt worn on a TV show that became unwatchable after season 4) and have impeccable vampiresque make-up that has obviously not been smudged off by drunken kisses from my mates. And Danielle, well she seems to be a devil cat who likes to drink wine while her arm is bleeding. 
Now? Well, its more about taking our daughter trick-or-treating and putting up a few decorations round the ol' homestead.
Anywho, I digress. I'm supposed to be telling you in this here blog about how other humans around the world celebrates Halloween. So check this out:

China

In China, the Halloween festival is known as Teng Chieh. People place food and water in front of photographs of family members who have passed away. Also, bonfires and lanterns are lit in order to light the paths of the spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night. Not spooky at all China. P.S. I love lanterns.

 

Czech Republic

In this formerly-hard-to-spell country, chairs are placed by the fireside on Halloween night. There is one chair for each living family member and one for each family member's spirit. Big family? Head to IKEA.

 

France

Ahh, the French. Yep, those stylish Francopeople are too cool for school, so they don't have Halloween. It is regarded as an "American" holiday. Pfff. (Note: they probably do dress up and party but every blog needs a villain.)

 

Mexico (and Latin America in general)

Among Spanish-speaking nations, Halloween is the 3 day celebration known as "El Dia de los Muertos." It's a joyous and happy holiday...a time to remember friends and family who have died and who are believed to return to their homes on Halloween. Really joyous. As such, many families construct an altar in their home and decorate it with candy, flowers, photographs, fresh water and samples of the deceased's favourite foods and drinks (I'd be hoping for schnitzel).

 

Mexico, you scare me.

 

Germany

Ze Germans put away their knives on Halloween night so they don't hurt the returning spirits. Really Germans? Really?

 

Ireland

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween. In rural areas, bonfires are lit as they were in the days of the Celts and children get their fancy dress onnn and  spend the evening "trick-or-treating" in their neighbourhoods.

 

Japan

The Japanese celebrate the "Obon Festival" which is similar to Halloween festivities in that it honours the dead etc. Special foods are prepared and bright red lanterns are hung everywhere. Candles are lit and placed into MORE lanterns which are then set afloat on rivers and seas. LANTERNS. There are not enough lanterns in this world.

 

 

'Merica

Americans take a break from their healthy, organic eating lifestyle to give all the kids in the country obscene amounts of lollies, or candy as they call it. Then the adults dress up, get drunk and vote in a maniacal president. Too soon?

 

So there you have it. Your tidbit of education for today. You can use it all year round, you have our permission.

 

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