Today Halloween (October 31) is celebrated in many parts of the world but the most popular is in the US.
There feast began to be celebrated in the 19th century emigration of the Irish. More than half of Americans each year decorate their houses for Halloween. Today the only holiday that manages to overpower Scary Christmas euphoria remains, but sales of candy and sweets October 31 hold championship. On this day, children dress in scary costumes and ringing door to door collecting candy. If the owner refuses to give them, they devise mischief for his punishment. This entertainment is known as “draw or will mar mine” (trick-or-treat). Mass costumes for Halloween appear around the middle of last century, when the tradition “or draw will mar mine” becomes an integral part of the holiday. The biggest celebration of Halloween is the Village Halloween Parade and is one of the largest parades. It consists in New York and is visited by more than two million spectators and participants. It begins in the 70s by a master of masks in Greenwich Village. In Canada and the United States, the celebrations began with the arrival of Scottish and Irish settlers in the 19th century. Festivities today include games, making pumpkin lanterns decorating with pumpkins and corn.
In China feast of Halloween is known as Teng Chieh (Lantern Festival) and Chinese tradition more than two thousand. This is the night of the full moon, which ended the celebrations of the Lunar New Year – the fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year, its date changes. In this day before the pictures of the dead are placed water and food, and water are placed paper boats, some of which are very large to show the way of lost souls. Paper lanterns in the shape of dragons birds and other lives are placed in the streets, parks, temples and houses. The celebrations are spectacular and include illuminations, dancing and performances by a parade of dragon and lion dance. In Ireland , where he was born Halloween, the holiday is still celebrated as in the US, with major celebrations. Outside the cities still light fires, as once did the Celts, and children dress up in costumes and go from house to sweets. Play in games like “grab Apple” – apple hang on a rope and everyone is trying to bite her. Irish cook and different traditional food for the holiday. In England most people stop to celebrate Halloween once began to spread protestantstskata Reformation of Martin Luther. As followers of the new religion and non-believers into saints, they had no reason to celebrate the day of All Saints. However, while the Protestant church is opposed to holiday in England after November 5 began to celebrate days dedicated to Guy Fawkes. He was a prisoner sentenced to death for his involvement in a conspiracy against Catholic Protestant King. His sentence was executed on November 5, 1606, so this date today in England burn bonfires and torches.
In Bulgaria a similar holiday is All Saints, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost St.
In many European countries, in the three days between October 31 and November 2 pagan and Christian holidays are intertwined in an amazing way and are a great example of how superstitions are struggling with religious beliefs. In Latin America, Mexico and Spain in early November They are Los Dias de los Muertos – the Days of the dead. People believe that in those days the dead returning home, so every home has an altar with food, water, flowers, photos. Often be placed towel and a bowl of water to allow the spirit to wash before you indulge in the feast. Light candles to have a way home. As well as the ancient Aztecs, Mexicans today see butterflies souls of their deceased loved ones and the last day of the Days of the Dead cemetery drink tequila and mariachi playing in memory of the deceased. Officially marked on November 2 and three-day commemoration of the dead began on the evening of October 31. In Bulgaria the day of All Saints is celebrated in Mermaid week, on the first Sunday after Holy Pentecost. Then according to the beliefs of the land down mermaids – evil forces in the form of supernatural beings. According to the belief that people have of girls and young mothers. They are harmful to human beings, but at the same time bring the land fertility and handing out moisture. The week is associated with many superstitions, customs and prohibitions to prevent people from meeting with them.