Diwali or Divali is a festival of lights and is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days, or six in some regions of India, and is celebrated during the Hindu solar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November), the height of which is celebrated on the … Read more


Traditionally including a dance festival called Bon Odori, Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is an annual three-day Buddhist festival held in honor of one’s ancestors celebrated in Japan for over 500 years. More recently, the holiday has become a time for family reunions, as people return to their hometowns and revisit the graves of … Read more

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival

The Hungry Ghost Festival ( also known as The Yulan Assembly or Zhongyuan Jie) is a traditional Chinese festival and holiday, which is celebrated by Chinese in many countries. The fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost … Read more

Los Dias de los Muertos

Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, is a traditional Mexico holiday honoring the dead. It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). Los Dias de los Muertos is not a sad … Read more


Karachun, Korochun or Kračún is a Slavic holiday similar to Halloween as a day when the Black God and other evil spirits are most potent. It was celebrated by pagan Slavs on the longest night of the year, i.e., the night of the winter solstice (December 21). On this night, Hors, symbolising old sun, becomes … Read more

Walpurgis Night 

Walpurgis Night  is a holiday celebrated on April 30 or May 1, in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, and the Czech Republic . The festival is named after Saint Walburga (known in Scandinavia as “Valborg”; alternative forms are “Walpurgis”, “Wealdburg”, or “Valderburger”), born in Wessex in 710. She was a niece of Saint … Read more

Halloween in Australia

Because Halloween was not celebrated in England before the twentieth century, it did not travel to Australia and New Zealand with British colonization, but it has some recognition due to American cultural media influences. Compared to the United States, Halloween is reasonably uncelebrated in Australia and New Zealand. Some businesses and organizations coordinate Halloween-themed gatherings … Read more

Halloween in the USA

In the United States, the first recorded instance of a Halloween celebration occurred in Anoka, Minn., in 1921 Halloween did not become a holiday in America until the 19th century, where lingering Puritan tradition meant even Christmas was scarcely observed before the 1800s. North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th centuries make … Read more