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Halloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain [pronounced: sow- wen] (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samhain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year".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 Celts believed that on October 31st, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living 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 the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks being worn at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.
My little children, guard yourselves from idols.
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry."
A fellow christian once told me about a discussion they had with a Wiccan Witch about Halloween, she said "we laugh when Christians celebrate Halloween because that's our special pagan day, and they have no clue."
If Christians boycott Hallowe'en, then the neo-pagans win. It's as simple as that.
2 The sons of God saw that the daughters of other humans were beautiful. So they married any woman they chose...The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, as well as later, when the sons of God slept with the daughters of other humans and had children by them. These children were famous long ago.
4 For if God didn't spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and didn't spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly;
6 And angels--those who did not keep the position originally assigned to them, but deserted their own proper abode--He reserves in everlasting bonds, in darkness, in preparation for the judgment of the great day.
7Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought. 8But they were defeated, and there was no room found for them in heaven any longer. 9And the huge dragon was cast down and out--that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
reply to post by AshleyD
If I may interject as a non practicing christian ...
Aren't Christmass and Easter also pagan inspired holidays?
If it's not disrespectful, I am curious as to what the difference would be.
(don't say my avatar is the answer)
[edit on 2 Oct 2009 by schrodingers dog]