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  1. Jedi_Blackberry's Avatar
    Didn't Halloween start off as a Christian observed day (refraining from the ue of the word Holiday) and then became a pagan holdiay because of some due in Transylvania killing a bunch of people?

    I don't know if this is true just something I had heard.
    10-31-08 01:55 PM
  2. darek's Avatar
    Wow. You need to relax. Just my 2 cents.

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    10-31-08 01:57 PM
  3. 12MaNy's Avatar
    Didn't Halloween start off as a Christian observed day (refraining from the ue of the word Holiday) and then became a pagan holdiay because of some due in Transylvania killing a bunch of people?

    I don't know if this is true just something I had heard.
    It started as the pagan belief (Hollow's Eve) that evil spirits arise on a certain day each year.
    10-31-08 01:57 PM
  4. yeahman's Avatar
    This was actually very interesting. According to dictionaries Halloween is not a holiday (thought I think it may be in Germany). But in common usage it is. Call it a bastardization of the English language if you want but I'd rather call it a "holiday" than a "celebratory day."
    10-31-08 01:58 PM
  5. yeahman's Avatar
    It started as the pagan belief (Hollow's Eve) that evil spirits arise on a certain day each year.
    Hallow's Eve is the eve of the Christian holiday of All Saints (an actual holy day). When Christianity spread to pagan cultures, pagan traditions mixed into the celebration kind of like how the tradition of American consumerism got mixed into the Christian holiday of Christmas. Coca-Cola totally messed with St. Nicholas.
    Last edited by yeahman; 10-31-08 at 02:07 PM.
    10-31-08 02:03 PM
  6. 12MaNy's Avatar
    This was actually very interesting. According to dictionaries Halloween is not a holiday (thought I think it may be in Germany). But in common usage it is. Call it a bastardization of the English language if you want but I'd rather call it a "holiday" than a "celebratory day."
    You are correct in the fact that its not a "National Holiday", but neither are alot of other religious holidays. Just because it's not a "National Holiday", doesn't mean it's not a holiday to some.
    10-31-08 02:03 PM
  7. Jedi_Blackberry's Avatar
    It started as the pagan belief (Hollow's Eve) that evil spirits arise on a certain day each year.

    Where and When did Halloween Start?

    About 2,000 years ago in the area of the world that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, lived a group of people called the Celts. The Celts' lives revolved around growing their food, and considered the end of the year to be the end of the harvest season. So, they celebrated new year's eve each year on October 31st with a festival called "Samhain," named after their Lord of the Dead (also known as the Lord of Darkness). Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in') was presided over by Celtic priests called Druids.

    Back then, winter was the time of year associated with human death. The Celts believed that on the night that marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred allowing ghosts of the dead to return to earth. Celts thought that the presence of the ghosts made it easier for the Druids, their priests, to predict the future. These predictions were an important source of comfort and direction for the Celts during their long, dark, frightening winters.

    To celebrate Samhain, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires around which the Celts gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to their ancient gods. During the celebration, the Celts dressed up in costumes consisting of animal heads and skins and tried to tell each other's fortunes.

    The Celts eventually were conquered by the Romans, and by about the year 43 AD two Roman festivals were combined with the Celtic Samhain festival. The first Roman festival 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 practiced today on Halloween.

    By 800 AD, the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st as All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. The combined and updated celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.


    I ain't celebrating!!!!
    10-31-08 02:06 PM
  8. 12MaNy's Avatar
    Hallow's Eve is the eve of the Christian holiday of All Saints (an actual holy day). When Christianity spread to pagan cultures, pagan traditions mixed into the celebration kind of like how the tradition of American consumerism got mixed into the Christian holiday of Christmas.
    Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain).[1] The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes[2] regarded as the "Celtic New Year."[3] Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them
    10-31-08 02:09 PM
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