The celebration of all souls day or Halloween is coming on Nov 1 -2, many question arise when this celebration is coming especially those who are not catholic, other people are scared because together with this celebration some scary things like picture of evil man, dead people, a life size coffin, mask with horn and many more scary things coming out on display in public places. When i was a little boy, we’re in the middle of the rice field, i was afraid when the night of Nov 1 comes, because my mother say the ghost coming out, so, i stay at home, but until now i didn’t see any ghost.
There are many theory and story about the all saint day, all souls day and Halloween, although it is strongly belief that its a Christian celebration there is one thing on it, the way it celebrate is the same to the tradition and practice of pagan Celtic festival.
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All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, celebrated originally on May 13th, in commemoration of the saints, especially the martyrs, in the church. Later on, November 1st became the official date for the celebration of the Feast of All Saints in Rome by Pope Gregory III. and soon November 2nd was adopted as the Feast of All Souls for the whole Church but before the date of November 1st, or on the night of before, there is a Halloween party, others celebrate it early.
The feast celebrated by: Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant churches. The Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Oriental Orthodox churches of Chaldea and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate All Saints’ Day on the first Friday after Easter.
Back in history believe to be the origin of Halloween.
Halloween day. fell in the Celtic holiday of Samhain, (end of harvest season, beginning of winter season) which had a theme similar to the halloween festival today, a pagan Samhain festival by Celtic people, they celebrated Samhain (believe to be a Celtic lord of death) on the night of October 31st. the time of Celtic pagan sacrifice to November 1st, over 2,000 years ago in the place were Ireland now. Celtic people believe on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. They also believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time and the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. The Celts wore ghoulish costumes so that, the wandering spirits would mistake them that they are one of them so the wandering spirit will leave them alone.
It’s a coincidence or the Christian really adopted the tradition and practice of paganism in Halloween celebration?
Some Tradition and Practices of Samhain in Halloween celebration.
Wearing frightening mask like Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Zombie to disguise as a spirit is believe to in association with evil spirit and Candies to calm the spirit now it’s a practice especially by children going house to house reciting verses in exchange for food or candies, such as: trick-or-treat and parts of the Halloween party.
Carved pumpkins with candle light as to repel evil spirits in old practice now are use as decoration in Halloween celebration.
Candle in the turnip represented a soul trapped in purgatory. Believing in the prayer that save the soul in purgatory.
Offerings of food and drink were left outside for Aos Sí a remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits according to scholar, today it was offering to the dead.
We saw it, some practice from pagan are also practiced by Christian as part of Halloween celebration that now become a holiday worldwide.
What the bible say about all saint, all souls day and Halloween? is this celebration mention in the bible?
There is no Halloween, all saint or all souls day in the bible, it is a traditional, pagan celebration adopted by catholic religion, a false belief about the dead and spirit. Bible say: There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or come who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. God does not permit merging false religious practices with the worship of Him. So, the Lord warned, those who believe in Him. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. (Deu. 18:10–12, 2cor. 6:17)
God also teach that dead are conscious of nothing at all. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. (Ecc. 9:5)
There are also believe with this customs about the immortality of the soul, purgatory, and prayers for the dead. Bible say: For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die. (Ezekiel 18:4)
This not to offend the one who believe in this celebration its just facts and information were this celebration began. For those who has question why to celebrate the halloween, all saint or all souls day seek the truth. (John 8:32) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Whether its a coincidence or not in spirit world it’s a paganism. The Lord says, Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. (Jer. 10:2, NET Bible)