In Hong Kong Halloween is celebration is known as “Yea Lan” (Festival of the Hungry Ghost). It is believed that the spirits are roaming around the world for 24 hours. People believe that if they burn pictures of money or fruit during the “Yea Lan” the images will reach the spirit world and it will be good for the ghosts. People are also offering foods and gifts to ghost who might be looking for revenge, because the gifts are believed to placate the ghost.
In Korea people are not celebrating Halloween, but they have a harvest festival called Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving day). People are celebrating eating traditional Korean food as songpyeon and rice wines such as sindoju and dongdongju. To respect the spirits of their ancestors people are visiting places where their ancestors used to live.
In Austria Halloween is celebrated with a Pumpkin Festival in Retzer Land called “Kürbisfest im Retzer Land. The festival is a time when the whole town becomes full of Autumn colours - yellow, orange and red. On the streets there are thousands of lighted pumpkins, people can also admire hundreds of figures that are made of pumpkins. You can try a lot of pumpkin products and taste pumpkin specialities during the festival. There are some people who believe that if they leave bread, water, and a lighted lamp out, dead souls will be welcomed back to earth for that night.
In Latin America, Mexico & Spain people are celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) which is a very popular celebration in these countries. People believe that on October 31, spirits will visit their families and then depart again on November 2. Families will set up decorations and food for the arrival of the spirits. This is a time when people are celebrating death, but not in a sad way.
November 1st the schools are closed in Spain and most of the shops as well, so remember to do your shopping before you start to celebrate Halloween!