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All Hallows Eve

  • All Hallows Eve

    Halloween is often depicted as the Day of the Devil, yet how comes that it is followed by the Day of the Saints?
    The meaning of #Halloween is much deeper than at a first glance.
    Even though people nowadays dress as #demons and #monsters and party or trick-or-treat, the origins of the celebration is in fact very much religion-related.

    Preceding All Saints Day which is on November 1st, Halloween has been named after 'All Hallows Eve'.
    What is a halo? It is the #aura manifested by a #saint or otherwise holy person, usually portrayed as gold or white in paintings. This outer light comes from inner #sanctification.

    "Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to those long dead." (Isaiah 26:19)

    The promise of #resurrection over the years has instilled in Christians not only hope for everlasting life, but also unjustified #fear that amongst the risen dead may also come demons and evil-doers.
    Given that saints are said to have been risen when Jesus Christ was risen, All Saints Day was seen as an opportunity for the demons to infiltrate amongst the living as well. The folk hence thought that only their superstitions could keep them safe - dressing themselves up as the very monsters they concocted to be the ones who would attack them.

    Even if the basis of the practice is unfounded and misunderstood, the concept is one we can learn from: perhaps Halloween is a day we can rid ourselves of unwanted seeds of anger, resentment, hate, judgement and replant our garden with seeds of #joy, #love, #understanding, #forgiveness and #acceptance so that we may celebrate the first day of November in #peace.
    It is, after all, the time of #harvest, and what better time to reap the harvest of our spiritual labour than this?