Have you ever asked yourself what does Halloween celebrate? Halloween is not exactly a holiday you should think about as 100% harmless. Here in Lag we don’t exactly “trick or treat”, but more people do dress up in costumes or go to costume parties in celebration of Halloween. Some schools even celebrate by asking children to come to school in costumes.
I decided to research the origin and ideas behind Halloween. I am inquisitive like that and want to understand things so that i have an opinion when my children ask. As a result of what I found, for sure I will not be celebrating Halloween and neither do my children.
It is believed to have begun over 2000 yrs ago with people known as the Celtics. They lived in what is today England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The pagan belief is based on the myth that one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes for food. They believed that if food was not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc.
What are some of the Halloween Traditions?
Halloween has always been filled with mystery, magic and superstition. Apparently, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. This is where the origin of dressing in costume and mostly scary costumes originated from. Today this practice is carried on through children in the form or trick or treating.
It is considered today as mostly a fun holiday but it does not diminish the roots. No other holiday includes as much darkness as this. The halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons and, witches. You dress up your children as demons, witches, ghouls or skeletons and perhaps and maybe even send them out treat or tricking. Think about it..is it really harmless fun?
Some Christians reject the holiday because they feel it celebrates paganism, the occult, or other practices deemed incompatible with their beliefs. No matter what you think of halloween, it is believed to be the very highest satanic day.
According to one source, You might say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. The Bible clearly teaches that there is both a natural, material world as well as an invisible and spiritual world. The domain of physical human beings is the physical world, whereas the “heavenlies” are occupied by spirit beings. Among these spirit beings there are two classes, the good and the evil. Which do you celebrate?
So do you celebrate Halloween with your children and family?
sources one, wikipedia