In the United States, it’s that time of year when children dress in costume and parade the neighborhood, asking for sugary treats. Families may share scary stories around a bonfire, or curl up with popcorn to watch horror movies.
Halloween is upon us, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in festivities this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Yet in other countries around the world, there are some very different celebrations that occur during the last week of October or first days of November.
Halloween is pretty much a North American holiday, as we celebrate it now, said Regina Hansen, a master lecturer at Boston University’s College of General Studies, who has expertise in Halloween-related practices throughout history and popular culture.
波士顿大学普通研究学院(Boston University’s College of General Studies)的硕士讲师里贾纳汉森(Regina Hansen)说:“万圣节基本上是北美的节日，我们现在也在庆祝。”
There are countries that have All Saints’ celebrations or Day of the Dead or All Souls Day type of celebrations that are not Halloween, she said. "They are different things that happen to occur at the same time."
As American children delight in Halloween celebrations, here is just a sampling of some other fall festivities that families may be engaging in around the world.
Remembering ancestors and lives lost
Around the same time as Halloween, some families in Mexico gather to remember deceased friends and family members for a holiday known as Day of the Dead, on November 2nd. Celebrations typically begin two days before.
Halloween’s spooky origins
Probably the first thing we have that is related to Halloween is this Irish Celtic festival known as Samhain, which occurred at the end of October and this is often thought of as a new year celebration, Hansen said.
The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrases All Hallows’ Eve or All Hallows’ Evening, but the celebration is believed to have come from that ancient festival celebrated by Celtic people more than 2,000 years ago.
Halloween这个词是All Hallows’ Eve或All Hallows’ night的缩写，但是这个节日据说来自于两千多年前凯尔特人庆祝的古老节日。