Halloween Shirt Skeleton Hand Pumpkin , I will disagree and say that a lot of western countries do celebrate Halloween at some degree. If you look for a US style celebration with trick or treat and costumes you will have a hard time to find them, but my point is that some traits of Halloween have mixed with the local culture or have so many points in common with it that they become intertwined.
Why do people say then that they don’t celebrate Halloween? Because of cultural pride and resistance to US cultural and economic imperialism. Its presence is undeniably anywhere, tho.
Let’s talk about Mexico. This October I went to a Halloween party as a lot of young people does now (costumes are not as important). The one I went to was decorated with papel picado (DdM) and blood on the walls (H). Día de muertos merchandise has become spookier by the year (scares are not part of día de muertos) and you can buy calaveritas next to plasric Jack o lanterns andlatex monster masks. Kids also go trick or treat (no tricks tho) on the streets on November the 2nd (this is a mixture of old Hispanic traditions and I’ve read of something similar with the Aztecs, but now kids go dressed up as Disney characters and such due to US influence) and they go chanting “me da mi calaverita? (Would you give me my [sugar] skull?) with direct reference to día de muertos traditional candy.
My point is … similar traditions around the world have become more Halloween-like due to US influence.
Edit: as a fun fact it is very common to find notes on the newspaper or on the street saying Halloween is satanic and día de muertos Is Christian, and we must vanquish pagan celebrations. I ‘d say those notes are a staple of this season hehe.
But even among the countries which do, you have to distinguish between those who celebrate traditionally and those who do it commercially.
Halloween is a festival that has its roots in Celtic pagan rituals, so traditionally it was celebrated in places such as Ireland, Scotland, Britanny, Wales or other Celtic regions.
Then there was the Great Irish Famine of 1845– 49, halloween pumpkin which killed or forced the emigration of half the local population. A lot of the emigrants went to the USA, where they arrived with their traditions, but in the great melting pot of the USA when they were taking in people, it became the Halloween we know today.
And it’s this sort of “Halloween light” that has bounced from the USA to the rest of the world, and Hell no, it’s not universal. At all. It was very recently imported in Switzerland, more through the greeds of retail chains than under the influence of the American or Irish expat community, and feels as natural here as I would on a nudist beach in Holland in December.