Written by Alexis Sullivan, International Team Lead
We are nearing the end of October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Many American families celebrate Halloween as a time for their children to dress up in costumes to go trick-or-treating. Many families now attend trunk-or-treats at churches or community centers. Being that many other countries do not celebrate Halloween the same way Americans do, there will be new experiences for your internationally adopted child once they arrive in the United States. If your family plans on celebrating Halloween, or dressing your child up in a costume on Halloween, this will likely be a new experience for them.
In other countries where we work, Halloween is celebrated differently.
For example, Bulgaria’s celebration is called All Saints Day and is celebrated on November 1st. Bulgarians often carve pumpkins, decorate masks, and hand out sweets for the young children. Very similar to American Halloween traditions.
In Armenia, Halloween is considered entertainment and not a holiday.
In China, Halloween is a symbol of Western Holidays, although they do celebrate The Chinese Ghost festival to honor past spirits.
Moldova’s citizens predominately identify as Orthodox and Halloween is not often celebrated even though they do identify that Western cultures celebrate this event.
In Haiti, the Day of the Dead celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd. On these days, voodoo practitioners lead ceremonies to honor their ancestors.
Incorporating new traditions into your child’s life can be exciting. Families often look forward to sharing and creating new traditions with their children. We would love for you to share some of your Halloween photos and experiences. Enjoy this photo of one of our children that came home to her forever family in July 2018.