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    Re: The origins of Halloween

    Quote Originally Posted by Oozlefinch View Post
    Most traditional cultural holidays internationally tend to fall at the same times.
    Sure. But someone will usually still try to claim them.
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    Re: The origins of Halloween

    Quote Originally Posted by HK.227 View Post
    Sure. But someone will usually still try to claim them.
    Everyone finishes planting or harvest or winter at the same time. Every group wants their party to be the biggest. It's really no different than a post-prom party popularity contest.

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    Re: The origins of Halloween

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Everyone finishes planting or harvest or winter at the same time. Every group wants their party to be the biggest. It's really no different than a post-prom party popularity contest.
    Every commercial you see, companies are showing various things, that they want the viewer to associate them with. High tech, beauty, sex, virtue, fun, family, puppies. Political movements try to associate themselves with various groups, in the attempt to make the average person conflate the two. Socialists claim workers, nationalists claim the flag, others claim minorities, and yet others Green. And in prior times, associating one's religion with standard natural phenomena, and thus harnessing the latent religious fervor that was expressed at the associated festivals, would of course be a boon for that religion.

    So what you are saying is true; it's a popularity contest. But in spite of the light tone such contests often have, they are usually about power at one level or another.
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    Re: The origins of Halloween

    Quote Originally Posted by Masterhawk View Post
    Today is October 31 which is Halloween.

    Although Halloween is often considered a pagan holiday, its traditions actually have very Christian origins. It started out as the day before All Saints Day which falls on November 1 and All Souls Day which falls on the day after. The day before All Saints day was called "All Hallows Eve" which eventually became Halloween. These days were in remembrance of the Christians who died; these three days were collectively known as Allhallowtide which began to be celebrated in 609. On these days, it was customary for poor people, usually children, to go door to door to receive soul cakes. While going from door to door The custom of dressing up may have originated from churches which were too poor to display relics of the martyred saints. These churches allowed parishioners to dress up as the dead saints instead.

    Halloween does however still have its pagan origins. October 31 was originally a Gailic festival which market harvest season. This festival was called Samhain and it marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It was also believed to be the time when dead souls roamed the earth. Jack-o-lanterns as we know them came from this holiday.

    Happy halloween
    Samhain was practiced in Ireland.

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