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Halloween in Other Countries

Halloween
Halloween


Halloween in Other Countries
Print Halloween in Other Countries Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Halloween in Other Countries Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10.17

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    revisit, mexico, necessarily, presented, japan, widely, emphasis, italy, various, commercial, anticipate, primarily, england, prayer, awaken, attend
     content words:    El Dia, All Saints Day, On November, Eastern Europe, Disneyland Paris, Although Halloween, In China, Hungry Ghosts


Halloween in Other Countries
By Beth Beutler
  

1     The word "Halloween" conjures up different reactions in people within America and around the world. America has made Halloween a fun commercial holiday. This is not how the day is celebrated everywhere. Many countries have more serious traditions to honor the dead.
 
2     There is an old Celtic (KEL-tik) belief that souls of those who have passed away revisit the earth on October 31. In some countries, though, Halloween may not even occur on October 31. Celebrations with other names may occur November 1 or at other times of the year. Here's a sampling of what other people do to celebrate Halloween or festivals that honor the dead.
 
3     Mexico: El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - The holiday begins the night of October 31, continuing on November 1 with All Saints Day and November 2 with All Soul's Day. These may be considered by many Mexicans as the most important celebrations of the year. Mexicans use these days as an opportunity to decorate the graves of family and friends who have passed away. November 1 focuses on children who have died, and November 2, on adults. People often set up altars with food to welcome the souls for a visit.
 
4     Italy: On November 1 in Sicily, children anticipate that they will awaken on November 2 to sweets and toys left by their dead relatives. Does that feel creepy to you?

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