Halloween Definition and Meaning

Halloween Definition and Meaning

Halloween, also known as Halloween, is a popular celebration of the traditional dead cult of the Anglo-Saxon countries.

The word Halloween, as such, comes from the English expression All Hallow’s Eve , which means “Halloween.”

The Halloween party is celebrated on the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, a religious holiday in some countries.

Halloween originates in Ireland, in the rites of the Celts of the end of the harvest season. From there it went to the United Kingdom, from Europe the celebration was moved to the United States, and since then it has become popular in Latin America.

Halloween symbols

On Halloween, many symbols with different meanings are used. The main ones are the pumpkins of malicious expression with a fire inside, witches, black cats, ghosts, skulls and costumes.

In addition, it tends to a dark decoration to create a mysterious atmosphere, with candles, spider webs, bats, owls and scarecrows.

The main reason why these characteristic terror symbols are used is for protection: to repel the evil spirits that during these dates are believed to visit the world of the living.

Halloween Origin

The Halloween party is of Celtic origin, who formerly celebrated a festival known as Samhain, which we can translate into Spanish as ‘end of summer’, and which marked the end of the harvest season and the Celtic New Year.

The Samhain Festival was held every year at the end of October, coinciding with the autumn equinox.

It was said that during this night the spirits (both good and bad) returned to visit the living, which is why a set of rituals was created around this belief.

Hence, for example, the use of candles, which help the spirits find their way, or costumes, which allow them to protect themselves from evil spirits.

Halloween traditions

There are many traditions associated with the celebration of Halloween. One of the most popular customs is known as trick or treat , which in Spanish translates ‘trick or treat’ or ‘trick or treat’.

Trick or treat is a game that consists of children, dressed up and with a basket, going out to ask for candy from door to door.

They offer two options to whoever opens: a trick, which poses a threat or curse, or a deal, which usually consists of treats.

That is why, by this time, families have candy in their homes or any other treat to please the children on Halloween night.

Halloween in the Bible

In the Bible, the celebration of Halloween is not contemplated, as this is a pre-Christian pagan holiday (that is, prior to the appearance of Christianity), celebrated by the Celts in Ireland.

This celebration is associated in the Christian imaginary with the practices of sorcery, spells and divinations, the invocation of the dead and satanic rituals, which is clearly condemned in the Bible:

“It is not found in you who passes his son or daughter through the fire, or who practices divination, or agodo, or spell, or sorcerer, charming, or fortune teller, or magician, or who consults the dead. For it is an abomination to Jehovah who does these things, and by these abominations Jehovah your God casts these nations from before you. ”

Deuteronomy, 18: 10-12.

In this sense, the Halloween party is firmly rejected by Christianity, and its celebration is considered to be such a fault that prevents anyone who practices it from entering the kingdom of God:

“And manifest are the works of the flesh, which are adultery, fornication, filthiness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorceries, enmities, lawsuits, jealousy, anger, strife, dissension, heresy, envy, homicide, drunkenness, orgies, and things similar to these; about which I admonish you, as I have told you before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ”

Galatians, 5: 19-21.