Well, Halloween isn’t really a global holiday, but MAN is it popular. Halloween, as many of you know, was not always the candy fest it is today.
Halloween is really influenced by two holidays: Samhain and All Saint\’s Day (Also known All Hallows Day) and today has really reached a whole life of it’s own. Many of our traditions for Halloween have been taken by other cultures and bound into their own holidays too.
In Japan, the Obon festival, is the Buddhist day to honor the dead. There are several ways they do this, from dances, prayers, and lanterns set afloat on rivers or seas. Many anime/manga reference the lanterns. And even other cultures use this as the lights to guide the dead on to the after life.
Though, it doesnt take place in October, but usually July or August.
Though, they’ve started to actually do the regular Halloween traditions lately. It’s part of the American influence. They’re giving out candy, dressing up in costumes, and having parties. While it’s not an official holiday like ours, but it’s nice to see it spread. Just a quick bit today. Have a Happy Halloween everyone.