Halloween Traditions Around the World

Halloween is one of our favorite celebrations here at Sleepy Flyers Club; from fantastical costumes to jack-o-lanterns galore. Although this holiday is commemorated all over the world, many nations have different traditions than we do in the United States. Here are a few ways Halloween is observed in other places:

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1. Mexico - Day of the Dead (‘Día de Los Muertos’)

The Day of the Dead is a very sacred holiday in Mexico. It’s a three day long celebration, beginning on October 31, when it is believed the souls of children that have passed come back to Earth to be with their families. The souls of adults that ahve passed on join them on the 2nd of November. This reunion of the dead and living is celebrated with memorials including the iconic symbol of the sugar skull, and food, most notably, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), a sweet bread that is baked especially for this holiday.

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2. Japan - Kawasaki Halloween Parade

This is a parade for the most avid Halloweenies! Around our thousand costumed people have converged in Kawasaki, Japan for the past 21 years. This parade requires an application to enter and is only for the die-hard enthusiasts!