Ghost festival are celebrated across the world on different dates with unique traditions. China has Hungry Ghost festival, Thailand has Phi Ta Khon while Cambodians race buffalos as part of their afterlife celebration. We all said ghost and supernatural are mysteriously scary but at the meantime, we are obsessed about them. Honestly speaking, afterlife is a universal interest deeply rooted in a trait of human species. We are all worried and curious about death as it is the unfamiliar territory, unless you personally know people who came back from the river of death. Curiosity fuels our species, makes us evolve over time and drives us toward Mission to Mars and many more. That is why mortality is an issue we have been in the love-hate relationship for as long as we can trace the thread of our lives.
Ghost Festival | Why Do We Laugh in the Face of Death?
Human are one madcap species! When we are not comfortable about something, including mortality, we make light of it and twist into a jolly celebration. That is why we choose to discuss about ghost and death instead of worrying about them on our own.
Fear works for us
Without knowing it, fear of death and supernatural mysteries is appealing to us due to biological reasons. Imagine your feeling on a roller coaster ride where your body releases adrenaline and essential hormones to deal with the uneasy situation. This kind of contained fear is useful as it helps us work through our general fears in daily lives.
Beautifully dead: Ladies dressed as La Calavera Catrina during Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) festival in Mexico
Seven Fun Facts about Halloween
JOY started off talking about fear and mortality to herald the upcoming Halloween festival. Below are 7 fear factors you might find them interesting.
Black and orange are traditionally associated with Halloween. Orange represents fertility, changing colors of leaves and harvest season while black symbolizes death and darkness
Seeing a spider on Halloween day means the souls of your deceased loved ones are near and still looking after you
Bitter Sweet Halloween
Trick-or-treating practice makes Halloween a sweet season for confectionary shopkeepers as chocolate is sold for Halloween twice as much for Valentine's Day
Once in a Blue Moon
Though we normally associate Halloween with silhouette of a witch flying in front of a full moon, a full moon on Halloween is extremely rare. The most recent Halloween full moon was back in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween won't occur until 2020.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
According to a legend, if a young woman stared into a mirror in a dark room on Halloween, she would see the face of her future spouse. Swedish people also have this kind of belief. For unmarried girls, it’s said that if you pick seven types of flowers and place them under your pillow, you’ll dream of your future husband.
This festival is a real treat for U.S. economy. It is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas and 86% of Americans decorate their homes for this occasion. For many of us, Halloween is the chance and the freedom to express ourselves, for adults and children alike, through outfit with the sky as a limit.
Calling All Halloween Party Makers
Though Halloween originally came from Scotland, Thai people also embrace the festivity, thanks to our fun-loving nature. However, celebrations are held in the forms of commercial decorations, fancy dress parties among friends, a night with a plethora of scary movies and a good gathering time to share ghost stories.
If you a serious party maker, seize the chance to express yourself through fascinating costumes, creepy makeups, crazy ideas in creating spooky vibes and all essentials to get the party ready! Be Halloween-inspired.
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