While Halloween is popularly celebrated in the United States, not so many people know that the holiday originated from Europe.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend a total of $9 billion this year, including expenses on Halloween costumes, decorations, and candies for trick-or-treating. With the projected collective expenses of the American people for the Oct. 31 holiday, there is no denying that Halloween is, indeed, a popular celebration in this country.
However, not so many people know that Halloween is not a homegrown American tradition as it originated from the ancient Gaelic/Celtic Festival, the Samhain, which celebrated the end of the harvest season. As the ancient Gaels/Celts believed that the wall dividing the physical and spiritual world was thin, they would set up dinner tables for the spirits and light bonfires to ward off the evil ones so that their crops would not be damaged.
Halloween is not the celebration that it is known for today if participants did not wear costumes. However, this tradition, although highly commercialized these days, was also a part of the Samhain celebration. As the Gaels considered the Samhain as the time of year when spirits make their way to the physical world, they wore masks made of animal skins believing that they could trick the roaming spirits into thinking that they, too, were spirits and would spare them from harm.
The popular trick-or-treating Halloween…
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
If you still have questions , click here to Contact Us, we are here to help
Unless otherwise specified, the news and opinions expressed are solely the source's and author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Mail.