The Czech Republic: All Souls' Day
In the Czech Republic, chairs are placed by the fireside on All Soul's Day with chairs for living family members and chairs for each of the souls of those who have died.

Austria and Southern Germany: Seleenwoche
Catholics in Germany and Austria celebrate the entire week between October 30 and November 8, known as Seleenwoche. At home, Germans hide their knives from returning spirits, while Austrians leave out food and light lamps. In celebration of the harvest, Austrians also place a woven straw decoration called a heiligenstritzel outside of their doors to signify a successful harvest.

Zuni Native Americans, New Mexico: Ahoppa awan tewa
Some Native American cultures have a special day set aside to honor their dead. The Zuni Indians begin their celebration, which lasts four days, in late October, when a townsperson announces to the village that the holiday has begun. Wood is brought in to make a large fire, and a portion of the meal prepared on this day is thrown into the fire or carried to the riverside, where possessions of the deceased are buried. After the sun goes down, young Zuni boys travel from house to house, saying prayers and making the sign of the cross at the threshold. The people of the house usually give these children bread or meat. The holiday was influenced by the Spaniards, who brought their customs to the Americas, but its roots that go back long before colonization.

India: Pitra Pakksha
Lasting 15 days, Pitra Pakksha begins in mid-September. During this time, offerings of water or balls of rice and meal are made to the dead, usually by a family's eldest son. Some of the offerings are given to cows, crows, and Brahmins. In Bengal and parts of eastern India, Mahalaya, a religious festival believed to awaken dead spirits, is celebrated.
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