By Valentine Vasiliadi
Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead, Dias de los Muertos... What is Halloween?
The wheel has turned a little bit more and after the Autumnal Equinox, now it’s time to proceed to the Samhain, aka Halloween. Halloween is a contraction of “All Hallows Eve” whilst Samhain etymologically comes from the Celtic language and actually means “the end of Summer”. Halloween is the time of the year when the Dark half is strongly established and it’s really dominant. The Day has been decreased and the Night grows stronger. Halloween, as every Sabbath, is a time when the veil of other Realms gets thinner and transpassable allowing easier connection with the Spirit World.
Halloween in particular is considered the time of the Year when the Realm of the Dead communicates with the Realm of the Living. 31st of October and/or 1st of November are considered the sacred Day(s) of the Dead for many cultures. “Dia de los Muertos” in
America is celebrated to honor their Dead ancestors. They welcome
their ancestral spirits to come back and visit them in order to bless them.
Families and friends assemble at graveyards offering food and drinks in order
to make their ancestors' spirits delightful and receive their blessings. The
Celebration of Halloween has its roots in many ancient Traditions and
Civilizations. The custom of dressing in
Halloween Skeleton costumes comes from these Traditions which played a major part in the Celebrations during
the Day of the Dead.
Maybe it’s stronger and most ancient root is detected in ancient
and the Feast of the Dead. The next time
you light up a sweet and scary Halloween Pumpkin lamp just bear in mind the
true meaning it bears in the ancient Egyptian Tradition. Devote the Pumpkin to
Divine entities and ask for them to send the blessings to the house and all its
inhabitants! Let their light come in your house and bless it! Egypt
Christianity trying to absorb the pagan Vibes of this popular day and transform it to something less dangerous established a very powerful feast celebrating All Saints Day. It firstly appeared as a day to honor all the Martyrs in the 4th century and after 5 more centuries it included all the Saints. Litanies and Prayers all over the World are being recited so that in in this way the Saints would protect the Living from Dark and Evil spirits and they would keep the Believers from celebrating in a Pagan way.
The Halloween is a very powerful day and we believe that. We are suggesting, that you honour your dead, to enjoy during this wonderful day... and blessed be!
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