The night before All Saints’ Day on October 31 to November 1 – is the most mysterious night of the year – Halloween. Holiday, originating in Ireland, then became a tradition in America after World War II, it returned to Europe, including Germany.
Halloween is not a public holiday in Germany, but every year the number of celebrants dressed in costumes of witches and ghosts, is growing. With the increasing popularization of the holiday is becoming louder, and criticism in his address, since Halloween is competing with the ecclesiastical and national holidays as Reformation Day (celebrated on the same day) and St. Martin’s Day (celebrated on November 10 and 11).
Pumpkin as a decoration, can be found everywhere, even on the roof.
Preparing for Halloween begins in September. In stores you can buy pumpkins of all possible varieties, sizes and colors and not only present but also clay, plastic, in the form of candles, garlands, etc. A huge number of witches and ghosts can be seen as on the shelves, and on balconies, windows, garden, flower pots and wreaths, posted on the front door. Many children with their parents carpentry, all these sets with their hands, including the traditional hollow gourd with carved eyes, nose and mouth and inserted into the candle. And as thrifty Germans, nothing wasted, from the pulp of the pumpkin are preparing a variety of dishes – from soups to sweets.
To date, Halloween in Germany, has acquired the status of the costume party. Across the country, children dress in costumes of witches, vampires and other creepy characters. In Germany, children do not go to the neighbors and do not ask for sweets, as is done in many countries. They arranged for the holidays with quick change in schools and kindergartens. But all this afternoon.
Kids do not just dress up in costumes of devils, ghosts, skeletovi etc., but also make sure any “terrible” makeup
In the evening, not only to discos and clubs, and cafes and restaurants, where decorations become so weird and scary, as far as possible open their doors to visitors. Adults with no less pleasure than the children dress in costumes of devils, ghosts, skeletons, witches and demons. Looks worse than a suit, the more chances to get the main prize in the evening.
The most grandiose spectacle in Germany, but perhaps also in Europe, takes place on Halloween night in the castle Frankenstein. Up to 20,000 visitors each year flock to the ruins of Frankenstein, so as to be frightened and horrified, as Halloween draws huge number of ghosts and apparitions, with pleasure bounding in front of you from behind at night. There, you can not just have fun and take part in pretend play, but like any other festival in Germany, to rest in the bar with plenty of soft and alcoholic drinks, cocktails and snacks.