4. Halloween Traditions Around The World
In this list of Halloween facts and myths, we are going to talk about traditions from Germany and Italy as I personally did not know about these before. In Germany, there is a very famous belief that all knives should be hidden on the night of Halloween. This belief has been passed on from their ancestors who used to think that the dead might injure themselves or somebody else if they see knives. So this setup is usually made to honor and protect the dead. No offense to the ancestors but it’s kinda absurd. How much harm can a “dead” person cause to himself?
Adding to the Halloween facts is a tradition from Italy, where they make special dishes in honor of the dead. One of which is called “Beans of the dead”. These are cookies, oval in shape and somewhat like macaronis. Appearance wise, they look like tiny brain seeds. Indeed, a really interesting way to paint food with the festive colors. And what a cool name for a cookie.
3. Myths About Animals
Superstitious people are found throughout the globe, irrespective of religious and cultural boundaries. Next on our list of Halloween facts, we will talk about beliefs about animals from around the world. I’m sure everyone knows about black cats bringing bad luck, but why is it considered that way? It is said that black cats were sub-ordinates of witches in the past. And they used to protect powers of their masters inside them. But here’s an interesting fact, the people of England think the exact opposite! According to them, it’s the white cats which are known to bring bad luck.
And while we were doing our search on Halloween facts, we also found one myth out on spiders. Also called “spiders of love” in reference to Halloween. It is said that if a spider looks you or is found lurking around you, it is highly likely that it is the spirit of a loved one looking over you. Eeeh!