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