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Well, I'm Jewish, so I may be wrong, but isn't Halloween a Christian holiday? Or at least derived from a Christian holiday? It's all Hallow's Eve. Or All Saint's eve. It's a Catholic holiday that is celebrated with much piety
Well, I'm Jewish, so I may be wrong, but isn't Halloween a Christian holiday? Or at least derived from a Christian holiday? It's all Hallow's Eve. Or All Saint's eve. It's a Catholic holiday that is celebrated with much piety and devotion in many parts of the world, particularly South America.
It is thought to be the other way 'round.
Christian holidays were adapted from pagan festivals as a way to increase conversion rates. Ostara, the pagan festival of fertility, became known as Easter. Some of the symbols remained and are still used by marketing teams everywhere---the bunny and the egg being the most notable. (You don't see anyone eating a chocolate Jesus, now do you? lol)
Samhain is a festival noting the end of the harvest and wars in past Celtic civilizations, first noted by anglican cultures in the 10th century. The celebration includes feasting and drinking, however there are no real accounts of what took place on those days and what most believe to be true is mostly specualtion based upon observances of Beltane, another important sabbat for pagans. It is said that during this period, clansmen and tribes would assemble to decide how to best use the bounty of the harvest and decide which animals were to be slaughtered for the winter.
Day of the Day is an ancient Mexican custom of remembering the dead. Candy, cakes and ornaments are left on the graves of loved ones lost and a feast takes place within the community. It dates back 2 to 3,000 years and has gained popularity in other Latin/Hispanic cultures across the world. The best example on film of this festival is in The Crow.
All Saints Day is a Catholic tradition recognizing all of the known and unknown Saints. This is also celebrated by a feast of great proportions.
Halloween is kind of like the bastard child of All Saints, Day of the Dead and Samhain. It encompasses many aspects of all of these festivals and has gleaned a lot of its meaning and activities from popular media at any given time. In true American custom, we have turned it into a night to get free things, play mean jokes on our friends and embarrass ourselves.
And to that I say: bring it on! It's my favorite day of the year.