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Halloween Around the World (Slideshow)

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4. Japan: The Obon.

The Japanese version of Halloween, related to the Chinese Hungry Ghost festival, isn’t a night of spooks, screams, and scares: rather, the spirits return to earth to visit their living relatives. The living relatives, in turn, place lanterns outside of their homes to help guide the spirits; at the end of the festival, they place lit lanterns in a river, signaling that the spirits are returning to the afterlife.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:24AM PST on Jan 24, 2015

#3 we're the "prettiest".

4:28AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

LOVE Halloween :) I don't think Guy fawkes night is part of it though?

5:55AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

8:59AM PST on Nov 16, 2013


8:04PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

interesting tidbits...thanks!

3:05PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Interesting... trick or treat

1:10AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Your information is wrong, Katie!

USA's Halloween celebrations originated in the British Isles where Halloween (Samhain) celebrations were and still are a time of reverence of the dead. These celebrations were brought to North America by British and Irish immigrants. The British Halloween is followed by the British churches All Saints' Day on 1 November. All Saint's Day was the church's attempt at giving the Pagan Holiday a Christian significance.

The commemoration of Guy Fawkes Night in November is something entirely different!

Guy Fawkes Night in the British Isles celebrates the thwarting of the Guy Fawkes revolt against the British government, in which Guy (Guido) Fawkes tried to ruin Britain. He began his revolt by attempting to burn down the Houses of Parliament . This plot was foiled and the Houses of Parliament still stood. This night is also called the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. It has nothing to do with Halloween. It is commemorated in November not October and has absolutely nothing to do with the dead or reverence. Remember, remember the 5th of November! This is still said every year during the revelries of the British who celebrate the defeat of Fawkes.

Please get your facts right.

5:18PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Hallowe'en has an interesting history. Some of these holidays shown are not really related but the photos are colourful.

6:27PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013


5:54PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013


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