฿αʀε ฿ϙͷεʂ: The History of Halloween

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Have you ever wondered about where Halloween came from? Or how it got started, and what's lurking behind the candy-infested traditions of All Hallow's Eve? Look no further. In response to the flood of festivity and freaks, I give you Bare Bones: The Heartless of Halloween. Read at risk of spoiling your celebratory illusions and misguidances related to the shebang of October. 

 

Disclaimer: This isn't a ranting-against-the-morals-of-Halloween-with-a-billion-caps-and-exclamation-points kinda thread. I am merely ranting in an organized, no-caps way for yall's benefit. The basis of my reasons come from an article that will reveal the true history behind Halloween. This in itself, for me as a Christian, will tell you why I and my family do not celebrate Halloween or participate in any events related to it, alternate or otherwise. 

 

Here is the history of All Hallow's Eve. Let's begin with the dictionary... 

  1. "Hallow" means honor, or holy.
  2. "Eve" means the day or period of time before an event or occasion (the evening or day before a religious festival). 

​Now for history... The following information was transcribed from this very helpful site. All that you see here is the History of Halloween described objectively by an author of the History website. The original formatting has been changed to make readability more easy. 

 

From www.history.com, I give you this:

 

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. 

 

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

 

In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

 

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortune.

 

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

 

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the 400 years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

 

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of bobbing for apples that is practiced today on Halloween

 

All Saint's Day

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.

 

By the 9th century, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church made November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It’s widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, church-sanctioned holiday. 

 

All Souls’ Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints’ Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

 

Halloween comes to America

The celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.

 

As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” which were public events held to celebrate the harvest. Neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.

 

Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annuel autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country. 

 

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally.

 

To read more, click here for the full article. 

 

If you'd like to hash it out with me over why Halloween is morally wrong and spiritually corrupt, s.hoot me a PM so our debate doesn't blow of the forums. 

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This is not meant for a debate, so I posted it here.

 

Hey there, Critic.

 

First off, thank you for writing this without pointless accusations and all caps.  I appreciate that deeply.

 

I do want to say that, after reading the artical you posted here, I still do not understand why you choose not to celebrate Halloween or think it's morally wrong.  You make it sound like it was originally a time when people came together and enjoyed each other's company before the colder and harsher months came.  Then the Christians adopted it and turned it into a religious holiday.  This doesn't sound bad at all.  

 

Sure, there was fortune telling, which I agree was bad, but these were Celtic farmers who were looking for security for the future.  For those who had yet to come to know God, this was probably a good relief.

 

Additionally, a lot of holidays are actually based off weird and unfortunate events.  Here are some examples (note that I do not have sources, though my informers were reliable [such as old textbooks and History Channel specials).

 

1. Valentines Day is based off the execution of a saint.

 

2. Saint Patrick's Day is based off an escaped s.lave who went back to Ireland to share the Gospel.

 

3.  The Fourth of July is celebrating the anniversary of open rebellion against authority (though I agree).

 

4.  Thanksgiving is based off the first feast between Indians and Pilgrims.  However, what many don't realize is that, before hand, the Pilgrims struck a deal with the Indians to masacure a rival Indian tribe.

 

5.  The date of Christmas is actually set at the same date as an Aztec (or possibly Mayan) holiday to celebrate the New Year.  It had something to do with their Sun god.

 

(I encourage you not to take my word on any of this and research it yourself [though I expect the Thanksgiving one to be well buried].)

 

I bet, with enough research, you can find bad parts of every holiday.  I'll admit that Halloween has more then the others, but that doesn't mean it's bad in general.

 

As my final statement, I encourage you to do what the saints did.  They saw holidays they disagreed with and, instead of just shunning it, they took over the holiday and did their own thing.  If you think Halloween is against religion, why not hand out tracks to Trick or Treaters?

 

One final, final thing.  I am certainly not against you not celebrating Halloween.  I have a good number of friends who do not celebrate the holiday, so I get that.  One of their families actually celebrates Halloween by putting up the Christmas Tree.

 

That's all.

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Thank you.

That is exactly what my family does. We don't partake in any Halloween events, alternate or otherwise. But we do not hate against the people who do celebrate Halloween. Halloween has been twisted from it's original purpose: to ward off ghosts with costumes and large gatherings. Now many people today celebrate those ghosts and things that relate to death. Think of it this way. People put out fake cemetaries and tombstones in their yard, right? Some are engraved with simply R.I.P. or their actual names. But what of the people who have actually say by a graveside weeping over the loss of a loved one? How is that fair? How is that considerate? 

My family has considered handing out tracks for T-o-Te-ers, but we realized that many are caught up in the festivities, they would overlook the salvation plan given to them. 

I can see where you're coming from. I realize that All Hallow's Eve started as a celebration of warding off spirits before All Saint's Day. Many traditions have turned into holidays, and each has its own flaws that I personally do not agree with, some more than others. The main point of these this thread was to bring awareness of Halloween's true origins to everyone's attention, not state my opinions against it. 

That's a very interesting way to alternatively celerbate Halloween XD