Bizarre Halloween Traditions Around Europe.
Halloween is not
Hiding Of The Knives.
This less known Halloween tradition belongs to Germans.
Germany only started celebrating Halloween in 1991. In some part of the south, it is known as All Soul’s Week, running from October 30th until November 8th.
Dead relatives are believed to visit the families during this time.
For this reason, Germans hide all the knives in their homes to make sure those spirits who return on the land of the living don’t hurt themselves.
El Dia De Los Muertos.
In Spain, Halloween is actually a three-day celebration.
It starts on October 31st with the Dia de las Brujas (Day of the Witches). It then continues with the Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) on November 1st and ends with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2nd. All around Spain you will find Huesos de Santo. These Halloween pastries are basically cylindrical marzipan cookies filled with candied egg yolk said to resemble the bones of Saints. There are slight differences in different regions of Spain.
In Galicia in northern Spain, October 31st is known as the Night of the Pumpkins. They carve pumpkins, throw costume parties, bonfires and practice the regular trick or treat. They even prepare a special alcoholic drink called Quemada. It’s prepared inside a pumpkin and drunk after reciting a spell.
Catalans instead, celebrate La Castañada (the chestnut) on this night. Festivities feature the likes of roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes, and small almond ball cakes.
In Scotland, people traditionally peel an apple around these days. The skin must be kept in one long strip. Then they throw the peel over their back so that it will fall and lay on the ground displaying the name of the person they are going to marry.
UK has a similar tradition. Young people stand in a darkened room gazing at their own reflection. The mirror is supposed to show the face of the person they are going to marry. If a skeleton appears, it means they will die before they marry.
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