Do you know about Halloween? This festival is very famous in America and Canada. They hold it on October 31st. Like other countries in the world, also Africa and Asia have started celebrating Halloween. Although similar festivals are held in different countries with different names, the purpose of all of them is the same. That is contact with fairies, witches, devils, ghosts, and spirits of the dead.
Maybe you don’t believe in fairies and demons in legends. You would think that festivals like Halloween are an opportunity to have fun and develop children’s creative skills. Also, it is possible to think that you don’t have to think too much about taking part in a comic costume show. But look at the following points. They have helped many people to see the dangerous aspects of those festivals.
1.“Halloween is basically dealing with ghosts. “Some of these ghosts threaten and scare people,” said an encyclopedia. Many festivals, like Halloween, have mythological origins. Also, there is a strong connection here with the worship of deceased relatives. On these festive days, people around the world still do business with ghosts, thinking that they are communicating with the spirits of the dead.—Encyclopedia of American Folklore.
2. Although Halloween is considered an American festival, it is now spreading rapidly to other countries as well. The costumes, decorations, and rituals worn during these festivals have a mythological origin. Many of them have a mystical or occult connection. Many people who have been celebrating this festival recently do not know that.
3. According to the customs of the indigenous peoples of Europe, people who practice witchcraft still call the Halloween festival after the old name given to it called Sauna. As then, they still celebrate it as the holiest night of the year. A witch doctor told a newspaper, “Even though Christians don’t know, they are celebrating our festival. We like that.” – USA Today.
4. Holidays like Halloween are against the teachings of the Bible. It warns like this. One should not be tempted to do fortune-telling, sorcery, fortune-telling, magic, fortune-telling, fortune-telling, or seeking the help of a fortune-teller or a soothsayer, or seeking information from the dead. No one should be among you who does such things.’
Where did you come from on Halloween?
Blood-sucking mystical creatures, werewolves, wizards, the walking dead: since ancient times they have been considered to be associated with the demonic world.
Sweets: Among the Celts, there was a custom of giving sweets to appease demons. Later, the church encouraged its devotees to go from house to house on the night of October 31 to pray for the dead and ask for food. Over time, it became a part of Halloween. It is the aspect of small children going from house to house asking for sweets or scaring those who don’t give them.
Costumes: On Halloween, the Celts wore scary masks on sight. This was done to escape from the demons by implying that they were also demons. The church gradually incorporated this mythic ritual into the saints’ day. In later times, their devotees started going from house to house dressed as saints, fairies, and devils on that day.
Pumpkin: In ancient times, a radish-like fruit (turnip) was removed and a wax torch was lit inside it. This was done to drive away the ghosts. Some thought that it represented the souls trapped in the Holy Fire. Later, pumpkin seeds were used for this purpose.
History of Halloween
Fifth century BC
The Celts celebrated a festival called Sauna at the end of October. They thought that ghosts and demons roamed the earth at that time more than at other times.
First century AD
- The Romans defeated the Celts. Then the Sou’an customs were also annexed.
Seventh century AD
- It is believed that Pope Boniface IV established a day to honor the martyrs annually. It is called All Saints Day. *
Eleventh century AD
- November 2 was named the Day of the Dead to commemorate the dead.
- Hallow Evening (the evening of October 31) began to appear in newspapers as Halloween.
- People who came to America from Ireland introduced Halloween customs to America, and those who came from Britain, Germany, Africa and other countries brought similar customs to America.
Twentieth century AD
- Halloween became a popular holiday in America.
Twenty-first century AD
- Halloween, which has spread all over the world, has now become a multi-billion dollar business.
Nowadays Halloween Night is Most popular among children and young adults, Halloween night is celebrated in a grand manner as a fun festival all over the world.
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