Is Halloween a Pagan Festival or a Christian Festival?
Today, we talk about All Saints Day or Halloween Festival….
Here we are talking about customs, traditions and cultural values of Western Civilization. I hope that you all are ready to celebrate Halloween in hard 2021 next week. So, I thought to talk about a hard topic that I was frequently encountered a number of arguments.
Some people claim that Halloween is a pagan festival and Christians or Catholics should not celebrate it. Some others claim that Halloween is the commercialized version of All saints day and Christians and Catholics can celebrate it in a spiritual way.
The history of Halloween and All Saints Day may be dated back to Celtic Time or even before it.
All Saints day was called All-hallowmas in Middle English. Its short version is All-hallows and it eventually became Halloween. All saint day was celebrated between 31st Oct to 2nd November of each year. Traditionally, the 31st of October was considered the last day of the harvesting season. So, it was a festival day in ancient times.
Back in the day, Celtic civilization did celebrate a festival called Samhain (Sown/ Savun) on the same day. According to the Celtic religion, the 1st of November is the first day of the Dark half of any year. After harvesting crops, they celebrated the joy and pray spirits to save their lives during dark and cold winter. According to their philosophy, Winter is run by death and the spirits of darkness. So, all passed away souls come back to the Earth on the night of 31st of October to rule their time of the year. Many people died in the Winter season as many flu-related diseases, extreme cold, lack of food and harden health conditions. So, their belief was logical.
So, ancient Celtic people may celebrate the all souls day to pray for souls who run the season for their lives and the safety of crops which help to go through their no-food winter. On this day, they may do some animal sacrifices, bonfires and dress as dark souls which can be seen in modern Halloween too.
How do new Religions adopt old traditions
When Christianity widely spread around the Continent with the influence of the Holy Roman Empire, Celtic religion and culture were simply disappearing. Pope Gregory the third, declared all martyrs day during his time as the pope early 700s. It gave a new meaning to the old all souls celebration of Celtics. So the people could celebrate their centuries-old festivals with new meanings. After hundred years later, Pope Gregory the fourth declared the 1st of November as the all saints day in 837 AD.
Later the Catholic church declared a new all souls day November 2nd and the entire November Month for remembrance of dead souls.
So there are some solid reasons to believe that Catholics and Christians do have a proper meaning and purpose for Halloween.
In my personal opinion, as long as we know our own true meaning and intention, it isn’t a sin to celebrate anything in any way. We proudly say that God knows everything before even we think, so what is the big deal anyway?
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