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Halloween: Is it celebrated around the world?

doubleT
Member
#1 · Posted: 10 Sep 2006 23:46
Is halloween celabrated in other countries?

I know must countries have their own version of Halloween, like Mexico's Day of the dead, China's Feast of the hungry ghosts, and Japan's Obon festival, but do any other countries celabrate Halloween as we do here in the U.S.?

If not, would Tintin would be uttuly clueless if he returnd to America during Halloween?
jock123
Moderator
#2 · Posted: 11 Sep 2006 09:39 · Edited by: jock123
Yes, Halloween (or even "Hallowe'en") is celebrated in Europe, and actually was exported to America from there. You’ll find some discussion of it in this thread.

What happened more in America was its becoming a commercialized event, with stuff for sale in shops.

When I was a child (back in the days when everything was in black-and-white, and you could ride in a Zeppelin for thrupence ha’penny...) you made all the stuff for Hallowe'en at home.

Now of course the commercial juggernauts have cottoned on, and you see some American-style Hallowe'en stuff for sale here too.
doubleT
Member
#3 · Posted: 11 Sep 2006 20:11
However, do you have trick or treating and dressing up in Europe too? Basically, do you celebrate Halloween preety much the same way(just not as commercialized) as here in America?
jock123
Moderator
#4 · Posted: 12 Sep 2006 09:48 · Edited by: jock123
doubleT
However, do you have trick or treating and dressing up in Europe too

The other thread covers topics such as guising (dressing up) and “mischievious night” - the elements you have came from Europe with the settlers. You probably ended up with a more elaborate form of it because obviously you had a greter mixing of traditions as people came from all over Europe, whereas back here the traditions stayed regional.
Danagasta
Member
#5 · Posted: 6 Nov 2006 16:35 · Edited by: Danagasta
I thought most of the Halloween traditions were Irish, with the exception of the pumpkins being carved instead of the turnips.

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