Supernatural Traditional Days Around The World That Are Not Halloween!
Supernatural Traditional Days Around The World - Halloween doesn't have a monopoly on supernatural holiday traditions. There are also other eerie celebrations commemorating the deceased in many countries and civilizations across the world.
Exorcising Ghost Day - Nepal
Exorcism-Ghost Day is a Tibetan festival celebrated on the 29th of December each year, according to the Tibetan calendar. Exorcising - Ghost is also known as 'guoduo' or 'guduo' in Tibetan, hence it is also known as 'guoduojie'. It will host a great deity dance at Lhasa's Potala Palace.
Such rituals will be held at all temples and monasteries. Exorcism is supposed to aid in the removal of calamities and the bringing of peace and prosperity for the approaching New Year.
On this day, the temples or monasteries in all areas will hold a grand God Dance ceremony. Every family will dust the house, decorate the rooms.
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People think the New Year is coming and they must clean up the mess, ghosts to pray for a best New Year with perfect health, prosperity and good weather.
On this day, God Dances will be held at the Potala Palace and the Morulicang, as well as in the Lugu Square, where people will worship food in order to evict spirits.
All of the families hold a torch in the early hours of the night, yelling exorcism. People will pour the rest of the noodle pimple porridge out of the gate, allowing the year's spirits to leave more quickly.
Every family will dust and clean the house at the same time, removing all of the waste from the previous year.
Hungry Ghost Festival - Taoist Culture Countries
Taoists and Buddhists in China celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month.
The Buddhist Ullambana Festival, the Ghost Festival, and the Mid-July Festival are some of the names given to it. The Chinese calendar's seventh month is also known as Ghost Month.
According to legend, on the 15th night of Ghost Month, the gates to heaven and hell are left open, allowing ghosts and the dead to enter the planet in search of tasty food.
People used to light lanterns and set them on the road, in the river, and wherever else to offer light for wandering spirits.
Some people left shoes out for the ghosts to use, while others prayed for their parents' pain on the other side.
The Taoist community's festivals are grand, ritualistic, and spiritual in nature.
For the Ghost Festival, the temples are packed with people praying for good fortune, blessings, and the removal of evil from the ghosts. Buddhists utilize food-filled jars (bana) held upside down (ullam) to relieve the pain of the departed in purgatory.
Those who are not part of the grand rituals have their own celebrations to hold, which are essentially the same in theme and tradition.
To float along the river, ordinary folks buy lotus-shaped paper lanterns with a candle on the bottom.
Food is sacrificed to the dead, sins are forgiven, and others' suffering is alleviated during the festivals. In addition, ancestor worship events such as chanting and operas are held.
Hungry Ghost Festival
Phi Tam Khon Festival - Thailand
The reappearance of Prince Vessandorn, the Lord Buddha's last incarnation, was unexpected.
Some interpreted his prolonged absence as a sign that he had abandoned them, while others assumed he had died.
Villagers were filled with emotion when they saw him again and poured into the streets to welcome his return.
The roar from the cheering and laughter, unable to control their joy, was loud enough to tear the heavens and awaken the dead.
Pi tam khon (the ghosts who accompany humans) emerged from the forest, eager to join the festivities and pay their respects to Prince Vessandorn.
Thailand's Halloween (Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival – Dan Sai, Thailand)
Walpurgis Night - Sweden
Walpurgis festivities are a public event rather than a family affair, and local groups frequently organize them to foster community spirit in the town or neighborhood.
After the fire has died down, many people go to taverns, restaurants, or friends' gatherings. Because Walpurgis Night is followed by 1 May (a Swedish public holiday since 1939), people are not hesitant to celebrate late into the night.
Those who desire can sleep all day the next day, while others participate in one of the May Day protests, which march through the streets of their town or hamlet behind banners bearing classic or current themes.
Others Interesting Festivals
Obon - Japan
The commencement date for this three-day Japanese Buddhist festival ranges from mid-July to mid-August.
The emphasis is on honoring the spirits of one's ancestors through family reunions and pilgrimages to clean graves or visit sites related with one's ancestral past. It has been honored in Japan for almost 500 years and involves the "Bon-Odori," a traditional dance.
Hop Tu Na - Isle Of Man
If you thought October 31 was just for carving pumpkins, the Isle of Man people would be delighted to show you their carved turnips.
The Celtic New Year celebrations on this island between Ireland and England include hollowing out turnips for lantern decorations and preparing the "Dumb Cake" (so named because it must be cooked and eaten in silence).
Gai Jatra - Nepal
Although Gai Jatra is known as Nepal's cow festival, its true aim is to mourn persons who have died in the previous year.
Gai Jatra, which takes place in August and is marked with cow parades in key streets, also encourages people to dress up like Hindu gods, paint their faces, do traditional dances, and share food presents with their neighbors.
Festivals - Obon
What Are Some Halloween Traditions Around The World?
While Samhain contained supernatural overtones, Halloween was all about the supernatural and the dead, with some sweets thrown in for good measure.
The joyous tone of this time of year had darkened by the time Halloween took over as the festival celebrated on the evening of October 31.
What Is The Strangest Holiday Tradition?
Some of the strangest holiday traditions are:
- Krampus - Germany and Austria
- Night of the radishes - Mexico
- KFC for Christmas - Japan
- Dead Horse Caroling - Wales
- Hide the brooms - Norway
- Burning the Devil - Guatemala
What Cultures Do Not Celebrate Halloween?
Many religious individuals (Jehovah's Witnesses, certain Jews, and Muslims) who do not celebrate the day manage to have a good day anyhow. One of the reasons some people choose not to celebrate Halloween is because of its pagan origins.
We hope you like this spookies and supernatural traditional days you can find in many countries around the world.
Wich festival do you want to visit in your next travel? Did you ever be in one of them? What others do you know? Leave in the comment section all this answers and share your experiences with others!