Halloween is traditionally a day to remember the dead. Around the world, different times of year are set aside to celebrate those who walked the earth before us.
In Mexico, today sees the start of the three-day Día de Muertos (day of the dead) festival. The streets explode with colour as traditional offerings of marigolds and sugar skulls are made to appease spirits.
The home of the Disneyfied Halloween, the day equates to big business in the States. Americans are projected to spend £4.3bn on costumes, candy and other paraphernalia – which works out at a whopping £45 a head.
Halloween is believed to have come from the medieval Gaelic festival of Samhain. In Ireland today, there are still plenty of local traditions, including apple bobbing, baking a fruit loaf called a barnbrack and lighting bonfires to ward off spirits.
In August, people in Hong Kong celebrate Yu Lan, or the ‘hungry ghost festival’, during which they burn incense, release lanterns, and cook elaborate meals at which a seat is left empty for the deceased.
Known as Undás, Filipinos traditionally spend 1 November cleaning and repairing their ancestors’ tombs. Many will also spend the day and ensuing night hosting reunions at the graves, playing games and feasting.
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