This isn’t meant to judge anyone who celebrates Halloween. However, most Americans have little to no knowledge about the origins of Halloween. Because it’s an American tradition, they do not question it. I want to present the information I found to give a perspective that is neither popular or well-received but will hopefully shed some light on the matter and cause you to think. My sources come from en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Halloween, jeremiahproject.com/ culture/halloween.html, catholiceducation.org/articles/civilization/cc0070. html, and the Holy Bible.
To the “Church’s” detriment, it has embraced holidays throughout the years that have pagan origins. Halloween is such a tradition that is celebrated by most Americans and many mainstream “Christians”. Many scholars believe that Halloween’s origins and traditions began in Rome and have a few characteristics from the Feasts of Pomona and Parentalia.
Pomona is the feast of seeds and fruits. Parentalia is a nine day feast honoring the dead. The last night was called Feralia when Romans would try to placate the evil spirits. When the Romans occupied Celtic territory around AD 43, the Romans brought their ideas of feasting and honoring the dead, as well as superstitions and melded them with the traditions of the pagan Celts. It also combined its traditions and perhaps was made acceptable because of the Catholic day of honor for the dead, All Hallows Eve/All Saints Day. This tradition began in the 8th Century.
All Hallows Eve was mandated by Leo the Wise in honor of his wife. The above source from the Catholic Church states that on such a day (blending All Hallows Eve with All Saints Day), one could play a “Name the Saint” game. Poor of the “church” could go door to door asking for “soul cakes” and sing a little song for this treat.
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