The Origin of Halloween: Where Does It Come From?

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There is a common question about the Origin of Halloween: Where Does It Come From? In Bible, it is not mentioned about Halloween. There are some false beliefs. However, both the ancient origins of Halloween and its modern customs show it to be a celebration based on false beliefs about the dead and invisible spirits, or demons.

The Bible Warns: “There must never be anyone among you who . . . consults ghosts or spirits, or calls up the dead.” – (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, The Jerusalem Bible). There are some view as well that Halloween is a harmful fun, the Bible indicates that the practices associated with it are not. At 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21, the Bible says: “I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too.”—New International Version.


There are some Customs about Halloween and it’s history. These are:
1. Samhain: Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.
2. Halloween costumes, candy, and trick or treat
3. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies
4. Halloween pumpkins, or jack-o’-lanterns

Origins of Halloween
Peter Tokofsky is an assistant professor under the department of folklore and mythology in UCLA states. He says: “The earliest trace (of Halloween) is the Celtic festival, Samhain, which was the Celtic New Year. It was the day of the dead, and they believed the souls of the deceased would be available.”


Roman Influence
By 43 AD, “Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory.” For the 400 years they occupied Celtic lands, 2 Roman festivals:
1. Feralia: Which meaning the commemoration of the passing of the dead.
2. A day to honor Pomona: Which means the Roman goddess of fruits and trees.

Christian Influence
Halloween is celebrated before the all Christian Holy Days.

Modern Halloween
Halloween came to the United States when European immigrants “brought their varied Halloween customs with them”. Combining English and Irish traditions, Americans began the “trick-or-treat” tradition. After 1800’s, the holiday became more centered on community and in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Halloween became “a secular, but community-centered holiday”. In the 1950’s leaders changed Halloween as a holiday aimed at the young to limit vandalism.




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