Halloween - 1 Roots
Halloween is a bewitched time of Satanic worship rituals, horror, ghosts and evil. We should compeletly disengage!
Halloween is nothing but secular fun and games. What harm is there in some costumes, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, or trick or treating?
Halloween will be here soon. People certainly have all kinds of opinions!: What are its origins? Are there dangers? How should I respond?
In this blog, I'd like to delve into the facts of the origins of Halloween. Future blogs will have more details.
Halloween is a contraction of "All Hallows Eve" which means "Holy Evening." It is the evening which precedes All Saints Day, November first. When Christians began celebrating the great works of men and women of God, and the martyrdom of great people of faith (All Saints Day), they marked it in traditional Jewish fashion - from Sundown on the 31st to Sundown on the 1st. This made October 31 a Holy Evening. This is similar to the celebration of Chistmas, with huge significance on Christmas Eve.
Now, when the event of All Saints Day was firmly established, it was in Northern Europe and Great Britain where there was an already established Celtic/Pagan holiday called "Samhain". This holiday celebrated the changing of the seasons, the harvest and the cycle of death. In the Samhain festival, it was believed that the spirits who died in the previous year were sent to their final resting place with food, posessions and celebration
Samhain was also the time of year they used to use divination for the future of crops and harvest. Many believe the origin of "Trick or Treating" came from pagan rituals used to understand the future and placate the spirits who were departing.
As the British Isles became increasingly Christian, the All-Saints Day holiday (holy day) became one way to keep Christians from the dangers of Samhain. It was also a symbolic statement of the superiority of the Christan faith over common pagan practices.
It was in the late 1800s that Americans began to celebrate Halloween, with swelling immigrant populations from Northern Europe. They adapted the holidays mischevious traditions without connecting them to the pagan origins. Today, Halloween is primarily found in the U.S.A. It is an event that is largely disconnected from its Pagan or Christian roots, but still has traces from each that can be found mixed into the sugar-loaded, costume-oriented celebrations.