10 Halloween-Like Traditions Around the World

10 Halloween-Like Traditions Around the World

While the U.S. celebrates Halloween, many cultures practice other traditions that share common themes.

Samhuinn Fire Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

Many people don't realize that Halloween actually started in Ireland. Known as Samhain, or Samhuinn in Scotland, its roots stretch back more than 3,000 years, when the ancient Celts observed the passage from one year to the next. They also believed that souls transitioned during this period. Celtic New Year is still alive and well in the U.K. Experience it on Oct. 31 at the Samhuinn Fire Festival in Scotland, a popular costumed procession/performance event that winds through Edinburgh's streets. And yes, fire is involved.

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