Today we will write a quite controversial topic for this society. It is very contradictory to what is referred to in the practice of religions. Although the origin of Halloween is a pagan festival that began in 1745. It is also called Halloween or Day of the Dead for other countries. It is an activity that is celebrated in some countries as something innocent for many.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31 of each year, which is when fantasies, mysteries, sorcery practices, etc. overflow. Entering the worship of spirits and the dead that according to people at that time. They believed that on that day it opened like a kind of portal or a very thin line was formed. To give way to contact between the living and the dead.
It is a tradition of pagan origin has emerged. In such a way that many believe that Satan (the devil) takes advantage of forming his evil spiritual army and reinforces them. Through the people, whether adults or children, who dress up on that night. To continue with the war that is formed in the celestial spiritual plane, which is fought against the evil that prevails in the earthly world.
Beginning of Halloween (all hallows ‘even)
To find the true origin of Halloween (this holiday). We go back to the times of the 16th century, where the Anglo-Saxon countries including Ireland, Great Britain, Spain; They carry out this pagan festivity called Sambaing or Samsun which means: Sam-summer and fun-fin, that is, end of summer; whose Celtic culture believed that there was a very narrow line that united the two worlds (living-dead).
The Celts believed that by bringing together good and evil spirits, rituals, spells and sacrifices could be performed to kick off the “Celtic New Year” in preparation for winter, taking stock of all the food harvested.
Different versions or discrepancies of the origin of Halloween
“Celtic, Roman, Christian-Catholic”
The Celts celebrate this tradition by wearing different allegorical costumes of monsters, demons, or others to confuse the malevolent spirits that visit houses on the night of October 31 to torment the living.
The Romans followed this tradition, although they celebrated their goddess called Pomona or goddess of fruit trees.
The Christian-Catholics do not practice this activity or pagan festival, because they say that they do not celebrate death for the simple reason that the human being is comprised of body-mind-soul and once the body dies because it is a carapace it becomes in dust, logically, by not having life, memories are erased or go to oblivion and the soul is what matters, that if you have Jesus Christ in your heart you live forever since it is a promise of God to have eternal life, but if you don’t repent and free yourself from your sins then you will hear the gnashing of their teeth and they will burn in the fire until the final judgment comes.
Therefore, the ideal is to be original and different and that day in particular you can evangelize and instead of giving sweets or money, stamps with biblical messages are given. The way to get rid of this pagan temptation is to believe in the only god that exists and is alive, not to be afraid or easily frightened.
Countries that practice this festivity or cult of the dead.
The origin of Halloween occurs in Anglo-Saxon countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Great Britain; In the year 1840, Irish immigrants arrived in the United States and Canada due to the bad economy in which the country was, their job was to carve pumpkins whose cuts made references to macabre expressions, they lit a candle that according to them said light represented the soul of deceased people who inhabited the home and could not be touched by evil spirits.
And in Austria and New Zealand Halloween is not very emphasized. And Latin American countries like Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador is this festivity is more commercial than cultural and its practice is different, they adorn the streets, businesses and birthday parties.
Although there are places like the United States and Great Britain that are highly influenced by people who form satanic sects, they take advantage of the Day of the Dead or Halloween to carry out orgies, rituals, macabre acts such as kidnapping pregnant women to extract the fetus and remove the blood that according to them is to purify the souls that are alive, or they commit atrocities with animals and even eat it to satisfy their satanic spiritual desires of which they have been possessed.
The satanic sects are people whose intellectual level and self-esteem is very low, that is why they make mistakes whose leaders manage them at their convenience.
But there is also fun
There are other places that celebrate October 31 as Halloween in a more entertaining and even fun way, they take the opportunity to make common jokes such as scaring people through costumes, asking for trinkets (candy treats), having food banquets, eating apples caramelized, dancing, in short spend the day very pleasant.
In Mexico (Maya-Aztec), it is not of great influence although it goes hand in hand with their festivity since they celebrate the Day of the Dead, merging this tradition in fact they celebrate it for three days; This party is normally celebrated on November 2, in a cult that they pay to the spirits of their loved ones to keep them happy and these in turn reward them with luck. The Mexicans go to the cemeteries to decorate the tombs with colorful curtains made of tissue paper, they also place figures alluding to skeletons, ghosts and even dress up as political personalities who identify them as if they were evil spirits, vampires among others.
As for the practice of asking for sweets, they do it differently, not like the United States and others that are the countries of origin of Halloween, but rather they make children go from house to house with a skull-shaped container or pumpkin begging for money; the sweets that they consume the most is the bread of the dead made with chocolate or jam overflowing with sugar and it is very exquisite, there are also the tamales filled with jam, there are plenty of food stalls as well as the typical tamale wrapped in leaves stuffed with meat or other stews.
This festive fusion aims to make all Mexicans feel well-being and joy.
With the immigration of United States personnel in Venezuela due to the installation of petro-chemicals due to the boom in oil wells in 1914, the gringos, in order not to break their tradition, implanted this festivity among their groups of friends, and as the Venezuelan he is a party animal (bochinchero) by nature, he joined this modality.
In Venezuela, the Eve of all the dead is more fashionable than usual, although there is still a union with the celebration of Witches’ Day and All Saints’ Day whose feast is the first of November; shops, stores, clubs, discos and some other birthday parties, adopt this particular festivity.
Due to the economic crisis that Venezuela is going through, its boom has decreased and therefore its quality, due to its high costs to buy costumes, candles and all kinds of decoration.
In Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, among others such as Spain, the Eve of All Dead, Halloween, Day of the Dead or any other modality that is implemented in each country, whose date will be October 31, will be held either on a larger or smaller scale.
There is a wide range of symbols when applying it in any festive activity, but on Halloween the symbols that represent a variety of meanings that are left to free interpretation stand out, and that serve for personalized or open-minded decoration, among them we have:
Pumpkins: Means Trapped Souls
Wax candles: light of the soul
Spiders and spider webs: dark environment
Black cats: bad omen
Masks and costumes: used to drive away spirits
Apples good luck
And its most common colors that enhance the vision of decorations are:
Orange or orange symbolizing vitality and energy
Purple: magic-passage from life to death
Black: demonic darkness; other colors are yellow, violet, purple and white.
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How decoration influences Halloween
As for the decoration of this pagan festival, there is a diversity of styles, mostly using its basic colors that differentiate it from other festivals; it influences where the decoration will be done since it varies in space and place, this can be done in houses, apartments, commercial stores. Offices, clubs, discos, sect birthday parties. Free spaces and to this day the manicurist takes advantage of her de Ella day of monetary income stamping the nails of her clients.
In conclusion, Halloween can be carried out by human beings in a versatile way in any part of the world where they want to organize any practice, the important thing of all is to spend October 31 in a harmonious, joyful or pagan way, I leave that to their own criteria, although I prefer to celebrate the life that is more profitable and more productive for me. And more now that you know the origin of Halloween