THE ORIGIN OF HALLOWEEN

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Do you know the history of Halloween? From a Christian standpoint, it is a evil pagan celebration. But was it really associated with evil?
It is loosely connected to a ancient Celtic tradition from a group of people known as the druids, which the wiccan religion is based on. Wiccans are connected with spells and incantations, but not with the devil, as many people might believe. The druids would set one night a year to ward off evil spirits and welcome lost friendly spirits. They sometimes wore costumes to “frighten” the ghosts away.
As time went on, it became more of a holiday. In early England, lit carved turnips were used to travel at night, and when we arrived in America it became pumpkins instead. In the Early 1600’s, Hallo’s
Eve became the night of the devil. It basically remained that way
until science provided better explanations against the beliefs in witchcraft.
In the late 19th century, it became Hell Night, and a reason for young boys to be vandals and juvenile delinquents. It wasn’t until the 1930’s thru 50’s that it became the mainstream holiday it is today. There is no reason that it can’t be celebrated in a positive way, the Irish people did it for years. If you must dress for it, then find something that is not evil-like Austin Powers! Anyways, until Monday, have a happy safe Halloween!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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