Looking into the Halloween

Looking into the HalloweenThe origin of Halloween can be traced back to Christianity and it’s a popular celebration on October 31. Halloween is observed in a number of countries like Europe, Asia, United States and Canada.

In fact, some of these countries have overtaken the American design. Unfortunately today, people are more concerned about consuming foods and products and have neglected the true reason and purpose of Halloween celebration. Therefore let’s take a look into Halloween.

The Halloween celebration takes place a day before the western Christian feast of all Hallows Day that is observed on the 1st of November. All Hallows day is a Christian festival that is observed to honor and remember all saints. The Hollow celebration is a component of the Allhallowtide.

The Allhallowtide is the father of Halloween celebration observed on October 31 2017, the Hollows celebration observed on November 1 2017 and the Day of the Dead observed on the 2nd of November. The Allhallowtide is the occasion to honor the dead, including the saints, martyrs and all faithful Christians that have departed.

Instead of honoring and remembering our departed family and friends during Halloween celebration, we have turned the occasion into a party. We have turned it to the time we get high, and have a hangover the following day. Then we recover from the hangover and go back to work.  During this process when do we have time to honor our departed loved ones? Do we take time to visit their graves and drop flowers? Do we pray for them? I know some people do but let’s be honest for most people it’s just another reason to party (nothing else).

It’s saddening that vandalism takes place in the cemeteries during this time. We tend to forget the importance and essence of the occasion. We find it fun to dress up and merry and we have forgotten the importance of the holiday period.



There are quite a number of ways to honor and remember the dead. One way is to bring out their favorite things to play with. We can bring out their favorite movies to watch, it could be movies from the 60s, 70s, and 80s like Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Wolf Man and some of Alfred Hitchcock movies. These are some of the movies people watched during the Allhallowtide holiday. This is one way out of the many ways you can remember the departed.

Just like every other holiday season, the Halloween season also has an importance. We should be conscious of this importance so we will know what we are celebrating.

I believe by now, you know the reason behind the Allhallowtide. Are you willing to celebrate it in truth? How do you feel about the way people celebrate the Halloween holiday today? Please drop your comments in the comment box below. I would love to read your views.

 

8 thoughts on “Looking into the Halloween

  1. Due to the fact that Halloween is always promoted with some horror in it, I least expect its origin to be associated with Christianity. It is so unfortunate that the real meaning has been overlooked by advertisers and many people who celebrate it. My hope is that the importance will resurface in the near future. Maybe the Christian churches need to promote it. They need to bring back the real thing. How about that?

    1. Hi Carol,

      Yes, in a perfect world that should happen but it will be difficult especially in those countries where the holiday partying is so strong. And its celebrated by other religions other than Christianity. That’s why I’m asking if people know what they are actually celbrating. On the other hand there are countries where this “Holliday” and therefore related parties are there but they are not that important. There are countries where its a traditional to have cemeteries open and people are able to visit their departed’s grave.

  2. Wow very insightful, I had no idea that was the true meaning of Halloween. Makes you wonder… when did this meaning got lost or twisted in what we see today. I know one thing, I’ll definitely take some time this year to honour those who deserve it. Great article, hope to see more like this 🙂

    1. Hi Tomas,

      I am wondering that too. It seems like it has been commercialized in a big way. My mother was always against the partying and dressing up in Halloween and she did teach us the importance of honoring the dead especially, those who give their lives to save us. I see year by year some people participating in the holiday as if it were a carnival party. And I am not generalizing I do know some people who do give proper attention to the holiday but they are just a few.
      Thanks for taking some time to read my post!

  3. Hi Dira,

    Great post. I learned so much. Had no idea about the history behind Halloween. It was never celebrated in Australia until someone saw the commercial value in it about 15 years ago. Sad that money rules most things now.

    I have never been a fan of dressing up with it as I had no idea behind the meaning. Thanks for letting me know. So interesting.

    Kev

    1. Hi Kev,

      You are right, and it is with every holiday including valentine’s day and Christmas. We should remember the message behind these holidays.
      I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks a lot for stopping by!

  4. I kinda wish we had a separate holiday to celebrate the dead, like the Mexicans do with their day of the dead. It would make it easier to distinguish between the silly frivolity of Halloween and the more somber idea of remembering those we have lost. thanks for the history lesson!

    1. Hi Penelope,

      Actually we do have a Day of the Dead. Halloween is part of a 3 days religious (Western Christian) observation of All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’) and All Souls’ Day (Day of the Dead). The day of the dead is just overlooked by the Halloween Celebration. It seems like there is only Halloween when there is more. And the day of all All Saints most of times is not even remembered.

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