Around 42 million people celebrate Halloween world wide
The people in Latin America, Mexico and Spain celebrate a day similar to Halloween called Día de los Muertos(Day of the Dead) which is on November 2. Following after is a three day celebration that begins on the 31st of October as a way of honoring the departed
Halloween isn’t celebrated much in England and has been replaced with Guy Fawkes Day where people set bonfires in celebration of the English traitor, Guy Fawkes, execution
In England, children go door to door saying, “A penny for a guy” instead of “trick or treat”
In Ireland, children play a game where coins or candy are placed under playing cards and the child will win each coin or candy that was hiding under the cards
In Ireland and parts of the UK, ding-dong-ditching is known as “knock-a-dolly” or “knock-knock-ginger”
Nickanan Night is a time before the Christian holiday Lent, when children prank their families and neighbours and minor acts of vandalism
Halloween originally came from the Irish and Scottish holiday ,Samhain, where they would set bonfires, dress in animal skin costumes, play games and eat
Many people go to Vlad the Impaler’s castle in Romania on Halloween, also known as “Count Dracula’s castle”
There is a big Costume Halloween parade in Kawasaki, Japan every year on October 31st
A tradition in the Philippines, Pangangaluluwa, is a celebration similar to Samhain, where children will go door to door, in costume, and pray for the spirits of loved ones
The people of Poland will travel to their families graves in early November during Dzień Zaduszny( All Soul’s Day)
In India, during the Hindu celebration, Pitru Paksha, it is believed that when someone dies the god of death with come and guide their soul to Purgatory, where they will be reunited with their ancestors
It is a tradition for people in Austria to leave bread, water and a lamp outside their doors as a way of guiding souls back to earth
In Czechoslovakia, it was a tradition to place a chair in front of the fireplace. One for each each living member and one for each dead members spirit.
In Germany, people hide their knives out of fear of them being used to harm them by spirits
Alla Helgons Dag Is a Swedish holiday celebrated during the 31st of October to the sixth of November. Students are given a day off and adults get shorter work days to celebrate.
In all, the Allied Forces had about 16 million military deaths and at least 14 million civilian deaths.
In all, the Axis powers had about 8 million military deaths and at least 4 million civilian death( not including those who died in the Holocaust).
At least 17 million people were victims of Nazi persecution.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president of the U.S.A. during WW2.
Nazi’s also targeted Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, disabled people, the elderly, and Roma in the Holocaust.
The Americans officially joined the war in December 7, 1941.
Many Jews often dyed their hair to avoid being sent to die because they were “to old”.
Prisoners in concentration camps also used beet juice and even their own blood to give themselves a more healthy appearance because they often were a very sickly pale complexion.
Auschwitz–Birkenau camp had the highest death count at 1,100,000 deaths.
When the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops most of the prisoners were ill or dying.
One of the Russian officers who helped with the liberating of Auschwitz said, “I realized that they were prisoners and not workers so I called out, “You are free, come out!”. (Learn more about the liberation of Auschwitz)
There are many memorials honoring those who lost their lived in the war all across Europe: like in Germany, Washington DC, Poland, Japan, Italy, Russia, England and France to name a few. (Some memorial sites) (more sites)