Friday, 31 October 2008

Oct.31: Hallowe'en

Halloween (or Hallowe’en) is an international holiday celebrated on October 31. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies. Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is celebrated in several countries of the Western world, most commonly in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and at times in parts of Australia. In Sweden the All Saints' official holiday takes place on the first Saturday of November. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Halloween, October 31

Also called:
-All Hallows Eve
-All Saints' Eve
-Hallowed End

Observed by: Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, Bahamas, United States, sometimes Australia,Sweden, and many Latin American countries where it is known as Noche de las Brujas (Night of the Witches)

Type: Religious, cultural (celebrated mostly irrespective of religion)

Significance: There are many sources of Halloween's significance

Date: October 31

-ghost tours,
-apple bobbing,
-costume parties,
-carving jack-o'-lanterns,
-bonfires, and
-fireworks (in Ireland)

source: wikipedia, 31/10/2008