Halloween is celebrated differently around the world. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. Here in the U.S. and other countries such as Ireland and Canada, traditions include trick-or-treating, costume parties, and games.
In China, Halloween activities that we are used to in America aren’t as popular. Instead, the Chinese have traditional days of the day, such as the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, the Double 9th Festival, and the Spring Festival. Regardless, some of our students are likely familiar with Halloween, as foreign teachers in China might have a Halloween party for their students and a lesson about what Halloween is like in their home country. Experiencing American holidays can be a great cultural experience for our students, and for many of them, this year will be the first time they celebrate Halloween.
Happy Halloween tomorrow to all of our students, host families, and staff!