The Nepalese festival of Gai Jatra (Festival of the Cows) honors the both the dead and the cows they believe help guide them into the afterlife.


Mexico isn’t the only country that sets a date with the dead.

Around the world, different countries, cultures, and religions have unique relationships with their dead. And yet, there are plenty of festivals of the dead—which take place over the course of days, or even months—that share spookily similar rituals. Think: offering food, cleaning tombstones, and thanking deceased loved ones for their care and guidance. Don’t let shared origin stories diminish the importance and significance of each one though—they’re all as fascinating as the last.

Read about 14 different Festivals of the Dead in China, Indonesia, Germany, Russia, and more at!

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