Celebrating Halloween Around the World

Halloween Aound the World

Although these days Halloween has become known for costumes, trick-or-treating and haunts, the history behind the holiday stretches far back in time, nearly 2,000 years ago with the Celts who celebrated Samhain between October 31st and November 1st. Eventually with the spread of Christianity, the Celtic tradition would be absorbed into All Saints’ Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd).

Interestingly, the Christian Church celebrated All Souls’ Day in a similar way to Samhain, maintaining customs such as building bonfires and donning costumes. The origin of the term “Halloween” is the Middle English word meaning All Saints’ Day, “Alholowmesse.” In time, the night before November 1st would be referred to as All Hallows’ Eve and then as Halloween.

From America to Asia, celebrations of this holiday have spread worldwide with countries commemorating the day in diverse and fascinating ways. Following is just a small fraction of what Halloween festivities take place. Continue reading “Celebrating Halloween Around the World”

Best Los Angeles Spots to Visit for Vampire Lovers

Photo by Wendy Scofield
Photo by Wendy Scofield

If you’re a vampire enthusiast like me, it’s important to know what places a city has to offer that will satiate your appetite for the vampiric. From grave sites to a wine tasting room, here’s a list of a few must-visit spots in the City of Angels that are perfect for both the living and undead. Continue reading “Best Los Angeles Spots to Visit for Vampire Lovers”

Destinations Surrounded by Paranormal Activity

Foggy Forest

There are many places around the world that carry mystery, possess secrets and completely puzzle humankind. Following is just a small selection of destinations with peculiar histories that I recently learned about and find interesting. Are these areas haunted by the past or are the stories that surround them simply figments of the imagination? You’ll have to judge for yourself. Continue reading “Destinations Surrounded by Paranormal Activity”