If you are not too big into Halloween and hate giving out candy to kids and teenagers who ring at your doorbell non-stop, then escape to Spain. Halloween is relatively a pretty new phenomenon in my country, and trick or treat hasn’t caught on yet. The customs and traditions of celebrating the festival differ from place to place, and each country and region puts its stamp on it. For example, in Catalonia (where Barcelona is) we have an unique tradition called La Castanyada. This is a popular All Saints Day festival held on November 1st when families come together to share seasonal delicacies, including “castanyes” (chestnuts) and “panellets” (small Catalan cakes made of marzipan, almonds and various flavors).
To be honest, I don’t remember Halloween holidays being very exciting when I was a little kid; it was just a day to reunite the family and visit those who were no longer among us at the cemetery. Although this is slowly changing and we are starting to borrow some of the American traditions, we don’t celebrate the festival with that much pomp and glory. Actually, last year was the first time I carved a pumpkin. Weird, I know, but it was awesome!
Dating a person from a foreign country has its perks – you experience new traditions and you get to show him your own ones. I had so much fun decorating our apartment in Atlanta with creepy pumpkins, so I wanted to keep up with the tradition. We still have the same clothes we wore last year so we decided to put them back on and take similar pics to see how much we have changed over time. It was surprising to see that we look pretty much the same as last year! That made me think that it might be time for a new hairstyle…
I’ll be posting more Halloween pictures during the week, so stay tuned!
Do you have any Halloween traditions? Have you ever experienced Halloween in a foreign country? What was the difference? I’d love to know about it!
I wish you all a spooktastic week! 😉