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Soooo Halloween is Christian and Samhain is pagan?

Halloween means "All Hallows' Eve," an old-fashioned way of saying, "The Eve of All Saints' Day." Originally the end of October and the beginning of November was the time when the pagan Celts celebrated the end of their year giving it the name Samhain (pronounced "Sah-win"). They believed that at that time the veil between this world and the next was very thin and that the dead came through to confront the living for good ... or evil. The Church, in order to counteract the pagan feast, introduced the Feast of All Saints, the day when all the triumphant dead in Christ would be commemorated and celebrated. No longer would the time be one of fear of death and the dead but one of "rejoicing with the Saints in Light".


Asked by Gal51 at 10:18 PM on Oct. 31, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Interesting

    Answer by gabby06 at 10:21 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • NO!
    Samhain is Pagan
    Hallowmas, or All Saint's Day are Christian

    Halloween is in fact a hybrid of the two which occurred over years of religious enforcement on traditionally Pagan people. They had "new beliefs" but kept their old traditions...


    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:25 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Our Pagan celebration was "borrowed" by the Church and manipulated as a way to encourage (or TRICK for better word) people to convert from Paganism.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 12:13 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • What Kerp said..
    It has been so watered down, that the original meaning was killed by the church and swallowed up by progression.

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 1:32 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Halloween has nothing to do with God...

    Answer by motherganey5 at 9:29 AM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Wow! Thank you Gal51 for this interesting read! I especially like the second paragraph under "History:"

    Initially the calendars of saints and martyrs varied from location to location, and many times local churches honored local saints. However, gradually feast days became more universal...The current observance (November 1) probably originates from the time of Pope Gregory III (d. AD 741), and was likely first observed on November 1st in Germany. This fact makes the connection of the All Saints Feast with the pagan festival Samhain less likely, since Samhain was an Irish pagan feast, rather than German.


    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 3:07 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Gal51

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 10:24 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Gal51

    Comment by Gal51 (original poster) at 10:25 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • I had heard this before but totally forgotten about it!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:29 PM on Oct. 31, 2010

  • Halloween (Samhain), Christmas (yule), and Easter (fertility ritual) all have the same pagan roots. I love not being religious because I can celebrate all of them without having to put the "offensive parts" out of my mind. We celebrate Chanukah also- maybe even Kwanzaa this year. Any exciuse to celebrate!

    Answer by soflashelley at 7:55 AM on Nov. 1, 2010