Halloween And Christianity


It is often said that Halloween is not the "harmless" holiday it is
thought to be, instead it is believed to be a pagan ritual which dates back to
the ancient Celtic Druids. According to the article "Should Our Kids Celebrate
Halloween?" in Catholic Digest Halloween's origin is very much Christian and
American.
Although the ancient Celts celebrated a minor festival on the 31st of
October, it fell on that day because the Feast of All Saints or "All Hallows"
falls on November 1st. During the 840s Pope Gregory IV gad All Saints Day to be
celebrated everywhere. The day before the feast became known as "All Hallows
Even" or "Hallowe'en". At the time, that day did not have any real ...

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life spans were greatly shortened because of the plague,
Catholics began to focus on the after life. The number of Masses help largely
increased and people of all social classes gathered to dress in different
garments and lead lost spirits to the tomb in a daisy chain which became known
as the "Dance of Death".
Dressing up did not become part of Halloween until the creation of the
British colonies in North America. During that period of time, Catholics had no
legal rights in England. At times English Catholics attempted to resist. One
such occasion was a plot to destroy King James I and his Parliament with
gunpowder. The plan was ill-conceived and easily foiled when the guard of the
powder, Guy Fawkes, was found and hung on November 5, 1605. The date became
widely celebrated in England. Bands of revelers began to wear masks on that date
and visited local Catholics during the night demanding beer and cakes for their
celebration. This is the root of what has become known as ...

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