Halloween customs in this country these days consist chiefly of children going door to door 'guising' (or 'Galoshin' on the south bank of the lower Clyde) dressing up and offering entertainment of various sorts in return for gifts. The Witchcraft Act of 1735 contained a clause preventing the consumption of pork and pastry comestibles on Halloween although these days sausage rolls seem to a popular treat for children - the act was repealed in the 1950s.
The custom in this European country on Halloween night is to light candles in memory of dead relatives.
Believed to be the birthplace of Halloween,A traditional food is eaten on Halloween called 'barnbrack.This is a type of fruitcake, A muslin-wrapped treat is baked inside the cake which, so it is said, can foretell the future of the one who finds it. If the prize is a ring, then that person will soon be wed and a piece of straw means a prosperous year is forthcoming.
Similar festival celebrated on 11th November called St Martijn.
Among these nations, Halloween is known as 'El Dia de los Muertos.'
Here, 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 spririt.
Possibly the Worlds biggest Halloween celebrators and traditionally through a shortage of turnips to use for carving,came up with using pumpkins,now used worldwide.
Here the festival similar to Halloween is known as 'Chusok.' It is at this time that families thank their ancestors for the fruits of their labor. The family pays respect to these ancestors by visiting their tombs and making offerings of rice and fruits. The 'Chusok' festival takes place in the month of August
Here,the Halloween celebration is known as 'Yue Lan' (Festival of the Hungry Ghosts)
Here the Halloween festival is known as Teng Chieh
Sometimes called Mischief night or Danger night in this country.
Here Halloween is known as 'Alla Helgons Dag' and is celebrated from October 31 until November 6.
This country celebrate the 'Obon Festival' (also known as 'Matsuri' or 'Urabon') which is similar to Halloween festivities in that it is dedicated to the spirits of ancestors. Special foods are prepared and bright red lanterns are hung everywhere.
Modern Halloween celebrations in this country began with the arrival of Scottish and Irish immigrants in the 1800s. Jack O'Lanterns are carved and the festivities include parties, trick-or-treating and the decorating of homes with pumpkins and corn stalks.Folklore here has Sam Hain as the name of the Guy doll which children would wheel around.
In this country, the people put away their knives on Halloween night. The reason for this is because they do not want to risk harm befalling the returning spirits.
In this country, some people will leave bread, water and a lighted lamp on the table before retiring on Halloween night. The reason for this is because it was once believed such items would welcome the dead souls back to earth on a night which for they were considered to be brimming with strong cosmic energies.
At one time, these children made 'punkies' out of large beetroots they would carry their 'punkies' through the streets while singing the 'Punkie Night Song' as they knocked on doors and asked for money. More recently they have adopted the American tradition of 'Trick or Treat'
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