You could be wondering whether Halloween is celebrated in Latin America and if so what are some of the Latin Halloween celebrations. It is common to think that Halloween is not celebrated in Latin countries. However, the fact of the matter is that these countries have various ways of celebrating the holiday. Some of the Latin women traditions are influenced by Halloween.
Well, in this article we are going to put our focus on Latin women in the Halloween celebration.
Do Latin women celebrate Halloween?
Hispanic culture is different from American culture and it has diverse unique traditions. However, in the recent past, some traditions have had some influence from American Halloween. The Halloween Hispanic culture is a mixture of the Latin culture and American Halloween tradition creating a unique celebration among Latin women
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muretos)
This is a huge celebration among Latin women done on 2nd November. Most Mexican women wear the costume of the famous skeleton woman La Catrina who is an important symbol for the Dia de Los Muertos.
Tintilillo (Angeles somos)
This celebration takes place on 1st November in Columbia and shares some similarities with Halloween. The children of Latin women go door to door asking for food. It also involves life after death but in a different way.
The kids ask for the ingredients for preparing “Sancocho” which is made from corn, plantains, yucca, chicken, and potatoes.
Noche de Calabazas (Night of the Pumpkins)
This tradition is heavily influenced by Halloween and is celebrated by the Galician people on 1st November. Latin singles engage in lighting bonfires, pumpkin carving, and costume parties. They walk across the streets holding candles to honor the dead. Kids also do trick or treating that is common on Halloween.
Latin women eat “Huesos de Santo” i.e. Saint’s bones. This is a traditional food that is made with egg yolks and staffed with Marzipan. They also drink “Queimada” which is a tradition of playing an important role in the Galician Halloween culture since it began in the 11th century.
The Latin women prepare this drink as a ritual and set it alight and recite the “Esconuro” which is intended to drive away evil spirits.
In summary, there exist different Latin Halloween traditions that make this date very special. Latin women engage in different activities around the globe to celebrate this tradition. However, the traditions might not be purely Halloween but have some influence from the American Halloween culture.