Fall is a time of celebration for many cultures around the world. It’s a time to gather your harvest, and celebrate all that was achieved in the first part of the year.
In the United States, we have Thanksgiving as our primary fall celebration, but around the world, each different culture has an equivalent fall tradition that’s equally important, and brings families together to celebrate the season. If you’re a world traveler on the go this fall, check out some of these amazing and unique festivals.
1. Dia de Muertos – Mexico
Dia de Muertos stems from an ancient Aztec traditional holiday celebrating the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Underworld. It has become a day for Mexicans both in Mexico and living elsewhere in the world to celebrate their ancestors, and the members of their family who have passed away.
To celebrate this holiday, people build shrines in their home, and fill them with treats for the dead. They then visit the cemetery to visit the souls of the deceased. The tone of the holiday is happy and upbeat. People take turns telling anecdotes and funny stories about their deceased family members, and children are presented with treats in the shape of skulls and skeletons.