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8 Spooky Traditions from Around the World

While the United States is celebrating Halloween on the 31st, people in other countries are as well! People in Japan have recently started dressing up, and people in Mexico celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, for example. And although many of these worldwide traditions are different from those we have in the U.S., most share the same theme: honoring those who have died.

Learn how, here, by clicking through these 8 spooky traditions from around the world …

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  • Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos 2 of 10
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    Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday in which people celebrate and remember the lives of those who have died. It is also filled with colorful costumes and lots of sweets.


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    Ireland is where Halloween began, and although they may not celebrate it in the same way, they do carve turnips. They also believed it was the night the old spirits could claw their way back into the world.


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  • Cosplay in Japan 4 of 10
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    Japan has recently adopted Halloween, and it's pretty easy to see that people definitely get into dressing up.


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  • Hidden Knives in Germany 5 of 10
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    From October 30th to November 8th, it has become tradition to hide your knives in order to keep spirits safe from hurting themselves with them.


    Learn more at Reader's Digest


    Photo: Mullet Cabinet

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    It has become tradition to make a bean-shaped cake for the spirits and leave their doors open so that returning spirits can enter while they are at church.


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    Photo: Nourishing Death

  • Flying Kites in Guatemala 7 of 10
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    In Guatemala on All Saint's Day, people make kites out of bamboo and paper, and send them soaring above the largest cemetery in the town. After that, they rip the kites up to represent the cycle of life and death.


    Learn more at Yahoo


    Photo: Hug it Forward

  • By the Fire in the Czech Republic 8 of 10
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    In the Czech Republic, people will often leave chairs by the fire for those who have died.


    Find out more at Reader's Digest


    Photo: John Teetsell

  • Lamps in Austria 9 of 10
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    During All Souls Week, Austrians will leave lamps lit as a way to honor the dead.


    Learn more at Austrian Times


    Photo: Dusty's Corner

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Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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