The Origins and Meaning of Halloween

Once referred to as Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve, The even of Saints’ Day, or the Celtic New Year’s eve.

The dawning of truth,
Today we know this as a time for pumpkins baked in so many ways, spooky decorations abound, trick-or-treaters, cute kiddies in costumes, mischief, pranks, goodie bags, witchcraft and themed parties! However, I won’t be joining you this year in all of these seemingly innocent festivities.

We all know and we’ve heard plenty that Halloween is of “evil” origins, it’s a day for witches, goblins and ghouls. Did you know there’s some truth to that though? Not the ghouls, well maybe ghouls. I don’t know about them .. Anyhow, Halloween was the Celtic New Year’s Eve (Samhain). They would spend the entire evening burning crops and animals as sacrifices to their deities. Whilst their diviners wore animal skins around a ‘sacred’ bonfire which they dedicated to their gods, attempting to communicate with the lost souls that were among them (it was thought/taught that the lines between living and dead were blurred on that day). They would tell each others’ fortune for the coming year and they greatly relied on whatever was mustered up because the days get shorter in Ireland after that and winter is dark. They considered it the time of death, because there was such a lack of prosperity.

Other cultures know Halloween as a time of death as well, they know it as a time of mischief, and foolishness (or ‘ghoulishness’, if you’re not opposed to puns! 😉 ). There are lots of different beliefs about where Jack-O-Lanterns originated, all pagan traditions of course…  I’m sharing this tonight in hopes that those who are not yet informed of what you’re supporting when you put out those creepy decorations, the carved pumpkin or hand out candy to the unsuspecting (younger) generation, give it some serious thought. If you’ve already given up these handed down pagan traditions I would love to hear about it! Because I don’t stand for anything that Halloween represents and everything it stems from is honestly nothing a decent person would want to pass down to their children (whether or not you are a religious or spiritual person).

Tomorrow is the weekly Sabbath (Shabbat) and I will be communing with the one true God, my Elohim, YHVH (popularly given the title ‘Christian God’, but that’s not His name, or any name actually). My husband and I will be enjoying fellowship with our family and friends.. Thankful that we’ve given up the lies and pagan traditions that have been handed down to us by our forefathers (Jeremiah 16:19). To those of you that are interested in learning more about the origins of tomorrow’s very popular celebration please check out the links below. They go more in depth on the subject than I could or would ever want to go :P.

I hope you found this article to be interesting and informative! 😀 ❤ Have a great weekend.

Resources:
http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween
http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/origin-of-halloween/
http://www1.cbn.com/the-pagan-roots-of-halloween
http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm
http://www.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html
https://carm.org/halloween
http://biblehub.com/jeremiah/16-19.htm (see also, Psalms 147:19, Isaiah 2:3 and 60:2-3, John 4:22, Romans 2:20, 3:2 and 9:4.

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