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Top 10 Halloween traditions from around the world

A holiday whose origins are Celtic, contrary to what many of us believe, Halloween is now celebrated in many countries around the world. The first place to think of is the Anglo-Saxon countries, where the festival is a real highlight of the autumn season, with house decorations, disguises, candy collection and exceptional events. Many countries in Europe also play the game, and amusement parks, bars and castles also offer their animations on the theme of witches, vampires and other zombies. In the rest of the world, some countries have their own traditions to celebrate ghosts or their dead. In any case, Halloween is a great opportunity to discover the habits and customs of Europe, the American continent, Asia and other territories located in the middle of the ocean. Let's go for a world tour of traditions around the scariest celebration ever.

1- The night parade in Manhattan, New York

Like everywhere else in the United States, Halloween is a holiday celebrated in an incredible way. While one can stroll around all day to contemplate the decorations of the houses of New York, admire the costumes and attend one of the many animations proposed, the evening of October 31 is a moment much awaited by all. It is indeed at this time that takes place the parade which starts at the intersection of the 6th Avenue and Spring Street, and which continues on the 6th Avenue until joining the 16th Street. Called New York's Village Halloween Parade, it has been going on since 1973 and sees more than 50,000 people walking around in costumes with cars, floats and of course music. The atmosphere is festive, everyone can participate, provided of course that they have put on their scariest costume!

2- Derry Halloween Festival, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a mecca for Halloween celebrations in Europe. It's only natural, since it's where it all started. For those who want to celebrate, the famous Derry Halloween Festival, which takes place in the walled city of Derry-Londonderry, is not to be missed. It is a carnival, with great illuminated parades. There are also bonfires and fireworks. Everyone dresses up and in the pubs there is plenty of beer and live music. Many restaurants also offer grilled meat. All the elements are there to have a good time.

3- El Dia de los Muertos, Mexico

In Mexico, the dead are celebrated at the end of October and beginning of November. What might seem like a sad holiday is actually a joyous and festive celebration for Mexicans. On November1st, the children are celebrated and the following day, the adults. In the different municipalities, altars are erected in the houses with coloured garlands, candles, skeletons, marigolds and other skulls. To commemorate the dead, parades and various events take place, during which people dress up in make-up and costumes. Vigils are also held in cemeteries, where families eat, sing, dance and place objects on the graves

4- The Famadihana, Madagascar

In Madagascar, the dead are celebrated from June to October. The Famadihana, or turning over of the dead, is a funeral custom that is still observed in some regions of the island, more particularly in the Highlands. On the appointed day, the families and their guests gather around the tomb. They open it, take out the tattered body and carry it in a dance during which several rounds are performed around the grave. The ceremony is also a time for sharing a meal, drinking, dancing and singing. The Famadihana is a time to ask for advice and protection from the dead. It is possible to attend the ritual, provided of course that you are invited and that you respect all the rules.

5- Offerings of the dead to children, Sicily

In Sicily, death is not a taboo subject as it may be in many other territories. The Sicilians celebrate the dead on November 2nd and during the night of November 1st to 2nd, children wait in their rooms for gifts from the dead. They are in fact left at the foot of the bed by the parents, as is the case at Christmas, and they are often sweets, biscuits and marzipan fruit that they have found at the famous fairs of the dead. In Palermo, many people also go to the Catacombs of the Capuccini. There are about 8,000 mummies and skeletons of people from the city who died between the 17th and 19th centuries. This is a great way to reconnect with your ancestors.

6- The Feast of the Guédés, Haiti

In voodoo, the Guédés are the spirits of death. They are celebrated on November 1 and 2, days during which Haitians who follow this syncretic festival go to the cemeteries to dance, sing and spit on a sacred grave. Dressed in black, white and purple, with white powder on their faces, they take a mixture of chili and rum, drink it and smear it on their bodies. The best way to witness these celebrations is to go to the capital Port-au-Prince

7- Hop-tu-Naa, Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is located in the heart of the Irish Sea. The local Halloween is called Hop-tu-Naa, a term derived from a Manx Gaelic song. On 31 October, many groups of people sing Hop-tu-Naa songs in their neighbourhoods, carrying lanterns made of turnip with a Jack O'Lantern face cut out! Events and animations take place here and there and, as for Halloween in the rest of the Anglo-Saxon countries, children dress up and go from house to house to get candy, cookies or even money

8- Seleenwoche, Austria

Seleenwoche, the Week of All Souls, takes place from October 30 to November 8 and for Austrians it is a time to pay tribute to their deceased loved ones. For one night they leave bread, water and a lighted lamp for their dead. To all those who want to reachAustria for Halloween, Retzer land is a place not to be missed. The main reason? It's where the pumpkin festival takes place. Before watching an amazing parade of thousands of illuminated pumpkins, people enjoy pumpkin goulash, risotto and pancakes

9- Teng Chieh, China

Be careful not to get the dates wrong, because in China, Halloween is not celebrated in October-November, but in July. The Chinese Halloween is called Teng Chieh, and it is on this occasion that the inhabitants make peace with angry ghosts. To appease spirits seeking revenge, Chinese people make offerings of food and water, which they leave near photos of their deceased loved ones. Paper gifts are also made. The celebrations are accompanied by bonfires, lanterns and other fireworks. The idea is to seduce the ghosts. If successful, people believe it will bring them good luck.

10- Tokyo cosplay parades

In Japan, Halloween does not involve spooky rides and trick-or-treating sessions at the neighbors' houses. Instead, in big cities like Tokyo, teenagers and young adults put on all sorts of costumes. This is the time to get out your best cosplay costume to go party in the street and participate in parades. There are also flash mobs and zombie races. Most of the partygoers end up joining the clubs to party as long as possible.

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