Awesome Halloween Traditions From Around The World

In American culture, Halloween is best described as a fun holiday where kids dress in costume and ask neighbors for candy while adults are given a free pass to dress in the most ridiculous costumes ever and go to parties. While many partake in the festivities that come with Halloween, few may actually know the origin of it or how it is celebrated in other countries. Not everyone goes running around in masks demanding for sweet treats.

Halloween is derived from the Scottish term “All Hallows’ Eve” and precedes the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day that falls on November 1st. It is a day dedicated to remember the dead through festivals and traditions. Though it is considered that Halloween began in Ireland, mass immigration of the Irish and Scottish during the 18th century popularized Halloween traditions in the United States. While many of us are familiar with the American traditions of trick-or-treating, dressing in costume, carving Jack-o’-lanterns and playing pranks, Halloween is celebrated a bit differently around the globe.

Ireland

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The roots of Halloween have been traced back to the pagan festivals of ancient Ireland and their traditions are similar to America’s where children dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating. They also play games and go to parties. “Snap-apple” is a traditional Halloween game where an apple is tied to a doorframe with string and people try to bite it.