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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do other Countries Celebrate Halloween?

Believe it or not there are other countries that do celebrate Halloween besides the U.S. The United Kingdom,Mexico,Spain, Latin America,Canada,and Ireland all celebrate Halloween. In Latin America they celebrate Dia DE Los Muertos.In English it is called the Day of the Dead.It is designed to honor the dead. People bring out pictures,go to the cemetery and cook the favorite dishes of their dead loved ones. Some even construct an alter to the dead.
Halloween actually originated in Ireland.They celebrate it just like we  here.Children wear costumes,people throw parties,and kids go trick or treating. In the U.K. Halloween was known as mischief night and it was celebrated on Nov. 4.  People would take away their doors from their hinges and throw them into a pond. Sometimes they would simply take them. Today they have another nickname for it like Snap apple night. It is also common in England for families to sit on a hearth,roast nuts,and eat apples. Also the tradition of trick or treat is not followed in England.What the kids do instead is go from house to house and collect money for the poor.
I know there are people out there that do not like Halloween and I do not mean to offend anyone by this blog. I just thought it would be interesting  to post what other countries do on this day.

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