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Halloween [Oct. 31st, 2007|08:44 am]
Bob Bain

Halloween originated from the Pagan festival Samhain, celebrated among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

The Festival of Halloween is a celebration of the end of the fertile period of the Celtic Goddess Eiseria. It is said that when Eiseria reaches the end of her fertile cycle the worlds of the dead and the living interlap. This happens on October 31. Masks are worn to show respect for the Goddess Eiseria who, like most Celtic deities, does not wish to be seen with human eyes. The day also preceeds All saints day, which was at first the celebration of the start of a new cycle of fertility for the celtic Goddess Eiseria. Couples incapable of producing children thus tried their luck on All saints day.

Note for Trevor: Halloween is a pre Christian festival and I doubt whether Christian Bishops should comment on it as it has nothing to do with Christian beliefs or values.

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2007-11-01 01:34 am (UTC)

Re: Halloween

well, the "devil" imagery comes from the days when the Church decreed that all "supernatural" creatures, along with the gods and goddesses of the older religions, were all merely manifestations of their Satan and his assistants. and even "celebrating" the Devil isn't anti-Christian; by ridiculing and making sport of the Devil, people are reducing his power over them.

as for mixing pagan ways with Christianity... that accounts for almost everything, other than the core Scriptural stories, associated with Easter and Christmas. Easter eggs, rabbits, lilies, and wearing a new outfit for the first time - all solidly pagan. Christmas trees, lights, decorations, feasting, caroling, and exchanging gifts - all equally pre-Christian.

i don't condone vandalism and violence of any sort, for any reason. defacing and damaging property, bigger children terrorizing younger ones - these are no more a part of the pagan Samhain than they are of the Christian All Souls/All Saints, or the secular Halloween as it was. no matter what day of the year it is, there's simply no excuse for hooliganism.

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