The infection is spread to other countries by the black market organ trade and by refugees.
Many countries close their borders without their inhabitants knowing it, until an outbreak in South Africa finally brings the plague to public attention.
Although the origin of the zombie pandemic is unknown, the story begins in China after an unknown creature bites a young boy (who becomes the official Patient Zero).
The Chinese government attempts to contain the infection and concocts a crisis involving Taiwan to mask their activities.
Some celebrate in a way as close as possible to how they believe Ancient Germanic pagans observed the tradition, while others observe the holiday with rituals "assembled from different sources".