Monday, October 31, 2011
How to celebrate Halloween, the Catholic way
Taylor Marshall of Cantervury Tales has an interesting post about doing the All Hallow's eve celebration....the Catholic way.
He posted this last year and still makes for a good read.
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You can also read this interesting post from the "Association of Catholic Women Bloggers" about the Catholic way of doing things in this highly secularized commemoration of All Saint's Day Eve.
The demonic forces are being paraded on the streets. Why not people worth emulating like the saints, eh?
A brief background, Halloween has its origins from the Celtic festival for Samhain, the Celtic god of the dead, or in some literature, a demon who roams the earth together with otehr vile creatures on Oct. 31. According to legend, people dress up looking like the dead or other scary creature to confuse Samhain, thinking that he is looking at one of his kind because if he sees a human being, he would kill the person or possess the person. So in a way, the festival of dressing up like scary creatures is a way of "escaping the wrath of Samhain", more like a paganistic ritual. The TV series, Supernatural, even had one episode about this.
So, if you want to teach a valuable Catholic lesson to your kids, dress them up as saints and angels. Not as demons or zombies.
You don't want your kids to know more about these vile creatures in exchange for sweets.
The bishop's conference of England and Wales also made the similar appeal last year.