Halloween in the Himalayans…wait, really? No, not.
Dracula eagerly anticipates lying in his coffin at night; Werewolf guy, or gal, counts the days to the next full moon; Ghoul dude flies through everything without care; Zombies don’t even breathe and have little thought; the night crawlers scurry all over Earth in every country…and You reader, surf from blog to blog to game to YouTube to wherever you please, searching for that perfect site on learning where or where is fright night celebrated.
It is in this spirit we approach the most anticipated holiday of the year in the United States, well, before Christmas that is…Halloween.
Halloween is celebrated not just in the United States but in other countries as well-sort of. Each country puts their own spin on it though and may call it something else, but many have adopted the American style.
Our northern neighbors, Canadians, are known to have a Halloween spirit. On our opposite side in the South, the Mexicans have a definite fright-thrill funny bone.
The Scottish and Irish are known to pull off their kilts every year to don a costume. The English put aside their crumpets and tea and saddle up a horse to reenact Sleepy Hollow. Not really, but they do celebrate All Hallow Eves just like the Irish and Scottish.
Austria, Belgium, and Germany pour themselves a beer, salute the full moon, and howl as one to celebrate Halloween. No honestly, the Germans call their Halloween All Saints Day and attend lots of church. Wait, are we talking about the same holiday?
Zee Swedes vear der costume on dee day dey call Alla-Helgons Dag. Dee Swedes do it right-der holiday is a week!
The French found their Halloween spirt in 1996! Joyeux Halloween!
China have Teng Chieh, where they place food and water before a photogram of a family memory in remembrance. Plus, you never know when your ghost family member will be parched.
The Czechoslovakia sit by the fireside, but leave an empty chair or two for departed family members.
Hey folks, please don’t sit on grandma.
Hong Kong have “Yue Lan”. Apparently, spirits get a free-for-all and roam the land for a twenty-four period. Does someone ring a bell when the time is up?
The Japanese have the Obon Festival which lasts more than a day. During this time a candle or lantern is lit. The light serves as a beacon that allows deceased families to find their way home. It is believed that every year, at this time, the dead return to their birthplace. On the 13th day of the month the family sets up an altar and set food and drinks out in front. That’s just poetic.
In Singapore, people prepare for the gates of hell to open. Their ancestors apparently are going to come out flying. The Gates of Hell? Seriously?
Then, of course, is us, America.
Our children dress in cute, sometimes not-so-cute costumes, go house to house, and become victorious on this one night of the year. They get as much candy as their bags hold.
Others will be heading to haunted houses across America, twisting through mazes and having jackasses jump out at them. A select few will sneak up to real haunted houses and will never be heard from again.
A few us will have a nice little house party, a few chips with dip, a glass of champagne, a chuckle here and there mixed with the ding of glass making salutes.
Then there are those of us who will go to our local festival, head straight to the bar, and have a beer and walk outside to observe the spectacle.
And frankly, some of us will be watching TV unaware that anything is going on.
This October 31 I will doing it like the way we do it right…which is to say, I’m having a cold one with no candy.
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