The Meaning of Halloween

Posted December 27th, 2013 by Halloweenish

Halloween means different things to different people. Over time, the meaning of any event will change and boundaries will be blurred, and there is a good chance that the ‘real’ meanings of what first brought about such celebrations will have been distorted to a point that no one can really say exactly why we celebrate them.

With Halloween, the origins themselves are mixed with Samhain being its original impetus – a day when the dead could visit loved ones. In the 9th Century, the Christian church declared November 1st ‘All Saints Day’ and legend gave rise that before such a hallowed day, evil spirits would have one last day to venture out upon the earth. This would be October 31st, the day before the ‘hallowed’ day – or ‘Hallowe’en.’

Over time such festivities have merged and mutated, and from a time to pay tribute to ancestors, the day is now much more about buying Halloween costumes and allowing children to have a good dose of scary fun. With so many supposed holidays being so commercialised, it is actually quite nice that this holiday has retained some of its spirit (both literally and figuratively) and remained a festival that continues to retain a certain amount of intrigue, whilst actually offering a genuine sense of fun.

Technically, by celebrating the dead, we are also celebrating life and, if anything, the modern idea of Halloween is a far more interesting one than older traditions may have been, and in many ways using Halloween costumes to give our children a sense of fun and delight celebrates life far more than the older, darker celebrations.

Ultimately, Halloween can mean whatever you want it to, and its current form is as interesting as any previous one. And which ever way you look at it, it is and always has been about keeping a certain ‘spirit’ alive.

 

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