Meaning of Halloween (or Halloween)

What is Halloween (or Halloween):

Halloween, also known as Halloween, It is a popular celebration of the cult of the dead traditional of the Anglo-Saxon countries.

The word Halloween, as such, comes from the English expression All Hallow’s Evewhich means “Halloween of All the Dead”.

halloween decoration

Halloween party It is celebrated during the night of October 31the eve of All Saints’ Day, a religious holiday in some countries.

Halloween has its origin in Ireland, in the rites of the Celts at the end of the harvest season. From there it went to the United Kingdom, from Europe the celebration moved to the United States, and since then it has become popular in Latin America.

See also All Saints’ Day.

Halloween symbols

On Halloween, many symbols with different meanings are used. The main ones are pumpkins with a malevolent expression with a fire inside, witches, black cats, ghosts, skulls and costumes.

In addition, a dark decoration tends to create a mysterious atmosphere, with candles, spider webs, bats, owls and scarecrows.

The main reason these distinctive horror symbols are used is for protection: to repel evil spirits that are believed to visit the world of the living during these dates.

See also 12 Halloween symbols that you can not imagine what they mean.

Origin of Halloween

The Halloween party is of Celtic origin, who formerly celebrated a festival known as Samhain, which we can translate into Spanish as ‘end of summer’, and which marked the end of the harvest season and the Celtic New Year.

The Samhain Festival was celebrated every year at the end of October, coinciding with the autumnal equinox.

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It was said that during this night the spirits (both good and bad) returned to visit the living, which is why a set of rituals was created around this belief.

Hence, for example, the use of candles, which help the spirits find their way, or costumes, which allow protection from evil spirits.

Halloween traditions

There are many traditions associated with the celebration of Halloween. One of the most popular customs is known as trick or treatwhich in Spanish translates to ‘trick or treat’ or ‘trick or treat’.

Trick or treat It is a game that consists of children, dressed up and with a basket, going out to ask for sweets from door to door.

They offer the opener two options: a trick, which involves a threat or curse, or a deal, which usually consists of candy.

For this reason, for these dates, families have candies or any other sweet in their homes to please the children on Halloween night.

Halloween in the Bible

In the Bible, the celebration of Halloween is not contemplated, since this is a pre-Christian pagan festival (that is, prior to the appearance of Christianity), celebrated by the Celts in Ireland.

This celebration is associated in the Christian imaginary with the practices of witchcraft, spells and divination, the invocation of the dead and satanic rituals, which is clearly condemned in the Bible:

“Do not be found in you who puts his son or daughter through the fire, or who practices divination, or a soothsayer, or a sorcerer, or a sorcerer, or an enchanter, or a diviner, or a magician, or who consults the dead. For it is an abomination to the LORD whoever does these things, and for these abominations the LORD your God drives out these nations before you.”
Deuteronomy, 18: 10-12.

In this sense, the Halloween party is firmly condemned by Christianity, and its celebration is considered such a fault that it prevents anyone who practices it from entering the kingdom of God:

“And manifest are the works of the flesh, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorceries, enmities, lawsuits, jealousy, anger, contentions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; about which I warn you, as I told you before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God “
Galatians, 5: 19-21.