(Note to self: I really don’t like this post).
Halloween is of Christian origin, at least since the first half of the first century. (Yikes, that’s an authoritative sentence!) Yes, many people know that but some don’t like to admit it.
It has its origins in Ireland. (Place a question mark here. ) Some counter this by saying the day has nothing to do with the Celts or Druids. History is complicated. Clearly I am no scholar.
It at least has its origins in Northern European regions with 4-seasons, or six if you are an ecologist. (I also can think of Mexico and their day of the dead, I contradict myself again) sigh :-\
We are not the first melting pot, the blending of culture and traditions has gone on for ages. 🙂
It is a season of harvest, of the beginning of cold weather, and of long nights, unless you live in the Tropics.But I hear this day is not celebrated outside the United States.
It also is the day before the Christian (aka Catholic) All Saints Day. Saints are Hallows, and thus All Hallows Eve. It is a day of varied and changing traditions, and in the USA it became secularized in the nineteen-thirties. Advertising and profits should not be forgotten. (it also is a day of fun). This is the important paragraph!
It has a long association with the Living and the Dead, Saints and Sinners, and all sorts of sinners. It is a season of climatic changes, and people interpret a cold winds howl. The truth is there are saints, and sinners. There are the living and the dead. There are those alive bodily, yet spiritually deceased. I think that is a zombie. There is this life, and the next. there is the light and the dark, life and death. Christians are children of the light, something with its origins in Persian Zoroastrians . There are devils, yet also angels. Ghouls, goblins are real. Ghouls are evil spirits, goblins greedy little creatures.Hob, boggle, brownie. imps, gnomes and kobolds. Evil spirits, dastardly little creatures of myth and legend and folklore. All the stuff of Halloween season. Its a popular day of costumes and customs, an early costume was to dress as a saint. A litany of saints to battle the creatures crawling from the depths of darkness. Its all real. Why on earth would someone dress as anything else on All Hallows eve? It is that grand battle of good versus evil after all, and all vividly portrayed in costume. Why veer off script?
Today most imagine it as a season of witches, it is a very popular day in Salem Massachusetts. Witches are commonly female, witchcraft is not. (it also is a day of fun).Technically witches operate solitarily, that is outside organized groups. Todays anti-religion. They are popular with New Age groups, can I say feminists or priestesses? Can I say anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, anti-Priest? (am I reading to many newspapers? There’s nothing wrong with the occasional editorial opinion)
Some like to transform Halloween into a New Age nature based Wiccan ritual, it is not. It is the first day of Allhallowtide. Allhallowtide is a “time to remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.” It is the three days of All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. (it also is a day of fun).
“Heritage is valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations: a special or individual possession; an allotted portion.” I did not write these definitions. This is a day of Catholic heritage, but the seasons are shifting. its getting dark and cold, and freighting and scary. (it also is a day of fun).
I wish I could have found a better way to write this, maybe next year. What Halloween was and is and should be are different entities. That’s the point.