Nov 18, 2009 Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires This year All Saints Day is Saturday, November 1, 2014. Those with children will see more action on Halloween. Both All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve have roots in the customs of the early church.
For details on All Hallows Eve, explore this article on the Catholic Origins of Halloween. The celebration of Halloween has dual origins. The first is in a preChristian Celtic feast associated with the Celtic New Year. The second is in the Christian celebration of All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). The word Halloween is a Scottish shortening of the phrase Allhalloweven, literally meaning All Holy Evening and dates to the 18th century.
The English have a similar phrase, All Hallows Eve, with the same meaning. Halloween with all its carousing and shenanigans was especially problematic, as it represented the incursion of a specifically Catholic cultural form into a public life that was supposed to be Protestant.
Is Halloween Catholic? Learn about the Catholic origins of Halloween, and discover why Catholics should celebrate Halloween. The usual Catholic solution to The Problem of Halloween is to organize saints day celebrations on October 31 in anticipation of the solemnity of All Saints on the following day. Children are redirected from dressing up in scary costumesdevils, ghosts, and skeletonsto dressing as a favorite saint.
Halloween is a Catholic holiday and does not have its origins in paganism, Samhain, CelticDruidic festivals, the occult, or Satanism. This common misconception is modern antiCatholic propaganda, with roots going back to the Protestant Reformation, and has no basis in historical fact.
Many of the practices of Halloween are innocent fun and some deal with healthy reminders of death, sin and the devil. Some parts of Halloween can be extreme.
Since the All Saints and All Souls feasts are backtoback, we can balance some of the focus of Halloween to the Communion of Saints in action. The true origins of Halloween lie with the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.
For the Celts, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. The night before the new year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead.