Also known as All Hallow's Eve, Halloween is celebrated in a number of countries on October 31st, the eve of the Christian feast All Hallow's Day. It's the commencement of the triduum of Hallowmas (three day religious observance of All Saints), dedicated to remembering the dead, especially saints (hallows), martyrs and all of the faithful departed. Halloween was originally a pagan festival, oriented around fire, the dead and the powers of darkness. This pagan festival was transformed into one that honors deceased saints. Here's some of the symbolism: Jack 'O Lanterns scare off evil spirits; dressing up in costumes pokes fun at the Christian figure Satan; skulls, skeletons, and the dead are a reminder that death is inevitable.
Halloween has most definitely made its way back to being a pagan celebration, at least in my part of the world. However, I'm glad I read up on its history and origin, and as a Christian, I'll enjoy the symbolism next year on October 31st.
If nothing else, it's certainly a blast to watch my children have an amazing time with family and friends, all dressed up and cute as can be!
|One of the few times I could get this little candy obsessed dragon to look up at me!|
|I think Addy had a sucker in her mouth the entire time we were out trick or treating.|
|almost lost little miss Blueberry Muffin, she was so hard to keep up with!|
|Izzy's ready to move to the next house and wanting mom to stop taking pictures|
|We got the greatest comments on Rory's Mad Hatter costume|
|Look at those eye lashes!|