Since Halloween is upon us here in the United States, we thought it would be fun to introduce you to the different ways this holiday is celebrated across our different program sites. Last week, our Center in Seville had an American-style Halloween party to commemorate how we celebrate the holiday:
Overall, Halloween is a more somber event in Spain than it is in America. It is spread out over three days, and people often travel: the first day is the 31st of October, called the Día de las Brujas (Day of the Witches), the second day is Día de Todos Santos (All Saint's Day) on November 1st, and the final day, on November 2nd, is called the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Each region of Spain puts their own stamp on the tradition, however, and you might find that in the north of Spain (think: Alicante or Barcelona) people like to dress up in elaborate costumes and have festivities in the streets.
Argentines don't typically celebrate Halloween. Due to U.S. influence, in Córdoba you might find that some adults or children will dress up and have parties, but otherwise this is not much of a holiday.
In San Juan, they celebrate Halloween like we do in the U.S. Día de los Muertos and Día de Todos Santos are also commemorated and some families go to Mass or the cemetary to honor their deceased.
Traditionally, Halloween has not been celebrated. Lately, due to American influences, Cubans have been taking part in this holiday by dressing up, getting their makeup done, and having a party!
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