Halloween customs and cultures around the world

Halloween (HALLOWEEN) to November 1 of each year, from ancient Celtic (Celtic) new year's celebrations, at which point the sacrifice to the spirits of the times, while avoiding evil interference, also with food offerings for the ancestral spirits and the good spirits to pray for peace through the winter, is a traditional Western Festival. Evening children will wear costumes and masks, from House to House to collect candy. Mainly popular in the English-speaking world, such as the British Isles and North America, followed by Australia and New Zealand. Now, the younger generation in some Asian countries also tend to have "foreign" to Halloween, some large foreign-funded supermarkets will put counters selling Halloween toys, small traders will also sell some dolls or models associated with Halloween, attracts the young man's eyes.
Celtic Samhain Festival in ancient Celtic beliefs, the new year began on November 1, also known as Samhain Festival (Samhain). As the shorter day symbol of the start of the new year, sunset to symbolize the beginning of a new day; so the annual harvest festival on October 31 began. Druid followers will ignite in the British Isles as a sacrifice of crops, and when they dance around the fire, and Sun will end Samhain season begins. The Celts believed that Samhain, the God of death on the night of October 31 and together return room, looking for doubles. They lighted torches, burning of animals as a gift of the God of death. Also made of animal's head or fur dress yourself, making an odd sound, God of death could not recognize himself, avoided disaster. This is the origin of today's Halloween party. After that night, the ghost returns to the underworld, and a return to calm.
The morning of November 1, Druid fire still burning embers to every home, new kitchen fire ignited. The flame is used to keep your home warm and drive away evil spirits. Because at this time is considered to be one year in the connected world of yin and Yang of the invisible door open, and two worlds may have time to communicate.
Bonfire is the highlights of the Festival. The villagers slaughter cattle bone thrown to the fire, reportedly "bonfire" was derived from "bone fire". After the campfire lit, villagers and the rest of the lights are off. Then each family with the same fire, solemnly lit their hearth, to serve as the village people unite logo. So far in Ireland, there are still hundreds of bonfires on Halloween night at ignite.
Neo-Pagans still Halloween, Samhain night worship ceremony, as well as other traditional festivals.
Norway Whitsunday (Elven Bl ó t) in the ancient legends (Norway religion) and the now classic study (? SATR, Raúl) mentioned in the Halloween day is a Festival of sacrifice BL ó t, slaughtered animal sacrifice spirit, offering food and pray for God's blessing.
A poem, around 1020, Sigvatr? or?arson Austrfarav í sur ("Oriental travel poems (Eastern-journey verses"), this record. As a Christian author, had refused in Sweden a pagan lodging because á lfabl ó t ("elven sacrifice") was held. However, the "á lfabl ó t" the more content we don't have reliable information. However, just like the other sacrificial ceremonies (BL ó t), have an image of this link, later Scandinavian also retains the tradition of animal sacrifice Elves. From the days of sacrifice (close to the autumnal Equinox), but also because Elf is associated with fertility and the ancestors, we can guess the cult was the worship of ancestors, while praying would flourish.
Halloween tradition from 17th century, tradition of celebrating Halloween in the South of England fade, replaced by the gunpowder plot of November 5 (Gunpowder Plot) Memorial. But in Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, Halloween is still prevalent. Until recent decades, southern England talent to start celebrating Halloween, only complete United States.
Traditional celebrations in Ireland was almost completely preserved. In the last week of October is a public holiday, all schools will be closed, prepared to hold mid-term exams over the next week. This holiday is often called Halloween holiday. Ireland is the only country on Halloween to give the students a holiday, so be free to celebrate, retained the tradition of ancient legend.