Wonderful people of the world! Today is ALL HALLOWS EVE also known as ALL SOULS DAY, better known today as HALLOWEEN! If you are like most people, you or your children are dressed up and ready to patrol the streets in search of candy. But do you really understand what it is that you are celebrating? Most people dont. So, below I have included an excerpt from an article taken from this link: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween ..
Some of you may not want to read this now and will check it out later. Others may actually take the time to read this now, while some may ignore the passage all together. Whatever the case may be, please scroll down to read my closing remarks….
“Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III (731–741) later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1. By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It is widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. “
Basically this quote unquote holiday was created to give honor to death, worship risen spirits, give praise to other idols. The last time I checked, the only death we give honor to was the death of Jesus, we worship him as the risen savior, and we give praises unto His name. Please don’t be blinded by the costumes and candy. All of that is a distraction to keep you from worshiping the only spirit that has true power. The HOLY SPIRIT. Ask yourself, do you really want you or your kids celebrating a holiday that gives so much importance to evil spirits?
I’m just saying family, do your research before you get upset or pass judgement because trust me I’m not. Hoses 4:6 says “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” So all I am trying to do is shed some knowledge. But just know that it’s all love.
Be Blessed and be safe. Until next time….
Royal Queen, Janae