Navigating Halloween – Part 3

So the more you live the more you learn. People, there’s nothing like doing your own research. Let me tell you! Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, consider getting informed about it. Turns out Kali Puja (India & Nepal) , Yu Lan (Hong Kong & China), Festival of the Dead (various places) and Pangangaluluwa (The Phillipines) are worth knowing about too. Samhain (Celtic), Dia de Los Muertos (Central/South America) and Damballah Huedo (Yoruba) are as well. You’ll notice a bunch of similarities when it comes to dates, rituals and more. Educate yourself and your youths.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_the_Dead          Festival of the Dead

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_around_the_world       Halloween and similar celebrations around the world

http://writersblock.casaveneracion.com/2012/09/pangangaluluwa-celebrating-halloween-in-the-philippines/       Pangangaluluwa

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/20153/%E2%80%98tabi-tabi-po%E2%80%99       A little more about Pangangaluluwa

http://www.celebrate-day-of-the-dead.com   Dia de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead)

http://thinkmexican.tumblr.com/post/65868918029/facts-and-misconceptions-about-mexican-dia-de-los-muerto

diadelosmuertos

P.S.- The bottom line is that indigenous people have been celebrating their ancestors for ages.  In the larger scheme of things, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and Halloween are all pretty new.  Folks, check that back story!  You may be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.

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