Festival of the Dead

Festival of the Dead

Festival of the Dead is held by many cultures throughout the world in honor or recognition of deceased members of the community, generally occurring after the harvest in August, September, October, or November. In the Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors it is known as Bon Festival. In Inca religion the entire month of November is Ayamarca, which translates to "Festival of the Dead".

In the 21st century the European calendar marks the celebrations of Halloween, All Saints and All Souls' Day as three different events. In many cultures the single event of "Festival of the Dead" lasting up to 3 days, was held at the end of November and beginning of October; such as those by the Peruvians, the Hindus, the Pacific Islanders, the people of the Tonga Islands, the Australians, the ancient Persians, the ancient Egyptians, the Japanese, ancient Romans, and the northern nations of Europe.cite book
last =Smyth
first =Charles Piazzi
authorlink =Charles Piazzi Smyth
title =Life and Work at the Great Pyramid During the Months of January
publisher =Edmonston and Douglas
date =1867
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pages =Page 372
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last =Frazer
first =James George
authorlink = James Frazer
title =The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead
publisher =Macmillan
date =1913
location =
pages =Original from the University of California
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