8 mystic holidays, from which the blood run cold
Walpurgis Night, Europe
The holiday is celebrated in many European countries between 30th of April and 1st of May. On this night, the witches from all over the world flock to their main Sabbath on Bald Mountain. To scare away the dark spirits in the villages are hold ceremonies expulsion of witches: bonfires on which witches were burned in ancient times, people are committing bypassing of homes with torches, ring the church bells and more.
Incidentally, herbs, collected in the Walpurgis Night, possess special powers. In various European countries there are their own particular celebrations. For example, Scandinavians are burning all the rubbish that has accumulated over the year.
Day of the cemeteries and the day of respect to the spirit of "Voodoo", Haiti
Holidays Gede or Fitdemo usually are held on the 1st and 2nd of November. During these mystic holidays people are coming to the cemetery, to give away gratitude to the lord of the dead, whose name is "Baron Samedi", and are carrying colorful ceremony around the crosses, decorated with lots of candles, skulls and beautiful marigold flowers.
Festive clothes of Gede – the patron of all the cemeteries and overlord of erotica, consist of two colors: black and purple, cylinder and numerous tiny mirrors sewn on his clothes. The tradition of celebrating these mystic holidays refers to the cult of voodoo, which is widespread in the former French colony.
Setsubun - holiday expulsion of evil spirits, Japan
Celebrated on the 3d of February, and is part of the festival of spring Haru Matsuri. The holiday is associated with the ritual of exorcism of evil demons. For this purpose, soy had seeded in homes and in temples throughout Japan.
It is believed that men born in the year of the animal on the lunar calendar are best can chase away evil spirits, but sometimes people specially have invited famous sumo wrestlers. While you are seeding the soy you have to say special words which can banish the spirits.
Festival of the Hungry Chinese Ghost, China
China is rich on strange traditions, but most of all in China mystic holidays and celebrations. This festival is celebrated on the 15 day of the 7th lunar month (end of August). This holiday symbolizes the end of the "month of the dead." According to the Chinese legend, the 7th month of the lunar calendar opens the gates to hell, and all the ghosts of the dead relatives are free to roam the earth in search of delicious food and different entertainment.
The Chinese entertain deceased ancestors with the help of costumed processions; they also run miniature paper boats and lanterns on the water. This is done to indicate the direction of the «back» to the lost ghosts, spirits of ancestors and other deities.
Coming in the end of August and lasts for exactly three days each year holiday is attracting into a small Catalan town Servers thousands of tourists, who want to see the procession of masked people into the evil costumes on the festival. These mystic holidays are called “Big Goat Day”. An important tradition of the holiday is korrefoks - running with torches being dressed in devils residents who dare to loud cries evil otherworldly forces from their homes. The culmination of the celebration is a ritual appeal into the city, being named the Gran Macho Cabrio (Big goat) with a view to further expulsion.
The day of the Dead, Mexico
It is a special festival and one of the scariest mystic holidays in the world. Mexican analogue of American Halloween – is Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It is celebrated in the beginning of November. The tradition of honoring the dead has come to the Mexicans from the Aztecs. They kept skulls of ancestors at home, and a couple of times a year were arranging a feast for the departed to another world.
On The Day of the Dead in Mexico people are visiting the cemetery. It is believed that the dead can go to visit their relatives. So Mexicans prepare special treats and lay the table especially for their deceased ancestors. Another important tradition of Día de los Muertos is a masquerade of "dead": the people dress up in Mexico demons and ghosts and thus welcome the dead.
One of the strange mystic holidays on Bali is a celebration of great victory of good spirits over evil spirits. It is celebrated every year between October and November. It is estimated that within 10 holidays all the gods headed by the chief deity Sanghyang Vidi are descending to earth. Old spirits of our dead ancestors are also taking their part in the beautiful celebrations and are preparing in advance for their arrival. Balinese are getting next to the houses small altars with offerings to deceased relatives. At the end of the holiday is a compulsory rite of expulsion "over stayers" in this world of the ancestors. Otherwise, according to the Balinese, they can stay on the ground until the next Galungan.
Day of the Living Dead, Spain
On July 29, in the Galician town of Pontevedra residents are placing in the coffins of living people, and then rush to the funeral procession to the doors of the temple, built in honor of Mary Magdalene. The "dead" usually are the people, who have experienced clinical death. After that, people are bringing the "living dead" to the local cemetery, where they are almost buried in the grave, but at the last moment the procession goes back. The scariest festival from all the Spanish mystic holidays symbolizes the return of the dead to the living world.