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Oct 30

WHAT’S UP WITH HALLOWEEN?

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Over 1200 years ago, the early Church set aside November 1 as a day to honor all holy people. That day is called “All Saints Day.” A saint is just a holy person—someone who loves God.

Another word for “holy” is “hallowed.” We can remember that by the Lord’s prayer which tells us that “Hallowed (holy) is thy name.” The early church also set aside November 2 as a day to honor holy people who had died. That day is called “All Souls Day.”

Over time, the day before All Saints Day became known as Hallowed Evening—just like the day before Christmas is called Christmas Eve(ning). Hallowed Evening was later shortened to “Hallowe’en.”

In Latin countries, the Day of the Dead is observed between October 31 (Halloween) and November 2. The people dress like skeletons and parade through the streets to celebrate the lives of their friends and family members who have died. The Day of the Dead is based on the same Christian holidays that became our Halloween.

Pirate and fairy costumes may have nothing to do with the official Christian holy day, but knowing the origin of Halloween can help us use the holiday to think about Jesus.

Plus it’s always a good excuse to enjoy a few extra pieces of candy.

 

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