Halloween around the world! Objective: The students will be able to distinguish and answer comprehension questions based on different traditions and the meaning of Halloween in the countries of America, Latin America, and Vietnam. Latin America Traditions America Vietnam Comprehension Latin American Halloween Among Spanish-speaking nations, Halloween is known as "El Dia de los Muertos." It is a joyous and happy holiday...a time to remember friends and family who have died. Officially commemorated on November 2 (All Souls' Day), the three-day celebration actually begins on the evening of October 31. Designed to honor the dead who are believed to return to their homes on Halloween, many families construct an altar in their home and decorate it with candy, flowers, photographs, fresh water and samples of the deceased's favorite foods and drinks. http://www.novareinna.com/festive/world.html Table of Contents Vietnam America American Halloween Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Halloween or All Hallows' Eve. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. http://www.halloweenhistory.org/ Table of Contents Latin America Vietnam Vietnam Halloween Vu-Lan or Wandering Souls' Day is a festival celebrated by all Vietnamese. When a person dies it is believed their soul goes to hell where it is judged and, depending on the person's behavior on earth, is sent to heaven or kept in hell. Souls in hell can gain release by the prayers of the living. Wandering Souls' Day is the best time for these rituals. Hell's gates are opened at sunset and the naked hungry souls fly out, returning to the family altars. Tables are spread with a meal for the ancestors and 'wandering souls', and incense sticks and votive papers are burned. This takes place in large rooms or outdoors so there is plenty of room for the 'wandering souls' who have no relatives, or whose relatives have forgotten them. http://www.jackolanterns.net/vietnamesehalloween.html Table of Contents Latin America America Traditional Halloween Activities DIRECTIONS: After reading the tradition click on the picture that most likely corresponds with the description. 1) Many children and adults enjoy dressing up in costumes and being another person or object for one night. NO YES NO 2) A well known image of Halloween is the ghost. NO NO YES What do you know about Halloween? DIRECTIONS: Answer the following questions. If you get it right you are allowed to earn some candy by trick or treating! 1) In America what day of the year does Halloween always fall on? October 31st November 1st November 2nd 2) What do the Vietnamese call their day of Halloween? El Dia de los Muertos All Hallows’ Eve Wandering Souls' Day 3) How long does the celebration of El Dia de los Muertos last in Latin American countries? 1 day 3 days 4 days The End!!