Today is Halloween - Did you know where the custom of celebrating Halloween comes from?
It is anything but just a "pagan custom" because Halloween was already practiced and celebrated by the Irish Catholics.
The reference to Halloween is derived from the All Souls' Day commemoration following the celebration of the All Saints' Day when Catholics commemorate their deceased and all the poor souls in purgatory through prayer and indulgences.
"Halloween" - derived from "All Hallows' Eve", the night before All Saints' Day, refers to the folk customs on the evening and on the night before All Saints' Day, from October 31 to November 1.
This custom was originally widespread especially in Catholic Ireland. The Irish immigrants in the USA cultivated and developed their customs in memory of their homeland.
The reference to Halloween is derived from the All Souls' Day commemoration following the celebration of the All Saints' Day, when Catholics commemorate their deceased and all the poor souls in purgatory through prayer and indulgences.
The introduction of All Souls' Day on November 2 dates back to Abbot Odilo of Cluny in 998.
By the way; The Encyclopædia Britannica derives the festival from old Celtic customs. According to this, Halloween was also celebrated at the end of the summer, when the cattle moved into the stables.
During this time, it was believed that the souls of the dead also returned to their homes.
According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the feast was celebrated with bonfires on hills, originally with reference to the burning of slaughter cattle bones, and sometimes with disguises to drive away evil spirits.
Divination was also common on this date.
Unfortunately, many ignorant people still claim that Halloween is something "evil and devilish" - but instead of seriously dealing with this topic, people prefer to continue to claim such nonsense and especially what of? Of Catholics - What irony, folks!
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