The Devil’s Holiday

I as surprised to find a Christian friend of mine admitted to thinking Halloween as ‘the devil’s holiday’. I had to push aside offense, being I’m sure her church teaches her this, so I simply added a quick comment to her blog post with a concise history of Halloween.

Halloween, known as Samhain to us, originally a Celtic holiday, celebrates a ‘day of the dead’ to honor those who passed from this world to the next. It is also the ‘New Year’, to the old Celtic calendar, to which the day belongs neither to the old year or to the new year. The Veil between the worlds of mortals and the those who are mortal is also thinnest, therefore allowing for communing with spirits.

Its not necessarily a somber occasion, being we see Death as part of the great cycle of Life, Death, and Rebirth, and we don’t fear the dead.

We do not pray over candy to curse it.

We don’t summon devils.

We don’t cast nasty spells on others.

We don’t kidnap children or animals to perform nasty rituals.

We don’t cackle…ok, well maybe some cackle.

But please, learn about what you’re talking about before complaining about ‘the devil’s holiday’.

About these ads

One response to “The Devil’s Holiday

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s