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    Default Is Halloween celebrated in Argentina?

    Hello Everyone,

    I would like to know here if Halloween celebrated in Argentina and other south American countries?

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    Default Re: Is Halloween celebrated in Argentina?

    Yes and no. It's a Celtic tradition, but when Christianity met Celtic traditions, there was give and take. The pagan celebration of the winter solstice (Northern winter, that is) was aligned with Christmas.

    So the Christian calendar has All Saints' Day on 1 Nov.; and 'Hallowe'en' means the day before (eve of) All Saints' Day (The Feast of All Hallows). And 2 Nov. is All Souls' Day. Somewhere in South America - Peru? - but I imagine elsewhere too, they celebrate El día de los muertos, which - despite the name - lasts for 2/3 days.

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    Default Re: Is Halloween celebrated in Argentina?

    Well, no, Halloween is not part of our culture... you may find some costume party around here but it is not common, people party for no reason.

    Bob, how'd you translate El dia de los muertos into English?

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    Default Re: Is Halloween celebrated in Argentina?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Well, no, Halloween is not part of our culture... you may find some costume party around here but it is not common, people party for no reason.

    Bob, how'd you translate El dia de los muertos into English?
    the day of the dead?

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    Default Re: Is Halloween celebrated in Argentina?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Well, no, Halloween is not part of our culture... you may find some costume party around here but it is not common, people party for no reason.

    Bob, how'd you translate El dia de los muertos into English?
    As Sky753 said, 'The day of the dead'. In the Christian 'translation' that would be not unlike 'All Souls' Day', as from the Christian viewpoint the 'soul' is what all living people have and that all dead people leave behind. A 'haunting' happens when the 'soul' doesn't 'do the right thing' and leave the body behind. That's what Christian rituals of exorcism are meant to do - free the 'soul'.

    But what I said about Christianity reaching an accommodation with pre-existing pagan rituals doesn't apply only in England. 'The day of the dead' was a ritual that was based on ancestors, practised long before the conquistadores arrived; so, in the same way that Hallowe'en was celebrated (as Samhain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) long before All Saints' Day was marked in England, so the Day of the Dead was celebrated in South America long before All Souls' Day 'came along'.

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    Default Re: Is Halloween celebrated in Argentina?

    Halloween, the eve of all Hallows, in the Christian calender was fused with the eve of the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sowan). Samhain was the first day of the Celtic new year and the day when the Celts believed that the spirits of the dead returned to earth to try to possess living human bodies. The idea of dressing up in scary costumes was to scare away the spirits and prevent them from possessing living humans. The month of November is still called Samhain in Irish gaelic.

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