Halloween celebration was born still in pre-Christian times among the Celtic nations of Ireland, Britain and northern France. These pagan peoples believed that life arose from death. The days of cold, darkness and death began in the evening of October 31 at November 1. That is why then they celebrated the launch of their New Year. Druids, their priests, advised people to extinguish all fires and lights in their homes and so the darkness shall prevail. According to pagan Celtic tradition, then the souls of the dead entered the world of darkness to carry out a full merger with Sauin – Lord of Death. Sauin could be subdued and seduced only by the sacrifice to solve the souls of the dead, crossed the border between the two worlds to return home again on this holiday. So after darkness came on openly ignited a huge fire of oak branches, which is sacrificing crops, animals and even people.
Beliefs led to the ritual practice of wandering in the dark in costumes of witches, ghosts, demons. Thus the boundary between life and death are blurred and they are merged into one. The Celts also believed that the souls of the dead are suffering from hunger in this day and every soul should be saturated with “treats”. Otherwise angels and servants of Sauin will retaliate for the wrath of his master through tricks and curses. From there stems and today’s custom “draw or will mar mine” (from the English. itypeusa.com), according to which it is originated the tradition of children went from house to house dressed in scary costumes to collect candy and other sweets. In the early Celtic church pope tried to counteract the pagan celebration by the approval of same day (November 1) as the day of All Saints – day of celebration of all Christian saints and martyrs. The evening before the holiday was called All Hallows Eve or abbreviated Halloween – Halloween (hallow- lights, eve – evening). Then perform vigil in the morning – morning communion. But the Gentiles and antihristiyanite responded to the experience of the Church to shift their holiday. So with even greater fervor, they turned on the eve of the Christian holiday All Saints in night of witchcraft , witchcraft and other occult practices which are regarded by the Church of desecration of Christian beliefs. In Eastern Orthodoxy, the day of All Saints is celebrated early summer, the first Sunday after Pentecost St.
In Bulgaria, the day of All Saints is celebrated in early summer during the Mermaid Week.
Today there are different practices in celebration of Halloween. Some of them are considered betrayal of Christianity and God – such as various rituals, dressing up as dead, wandering in the dark in ceremonial costumes. Even the use of so famous pumpkin lantern is considered a pagan practice and a tribute to death. Fire it connects with the fact that the ancient Celts retained embers from the sacred sacrificial fire and spark again outbreaks with him. And although some sects, as Satanists, for example, give special meaning of this holiday, today it remains a favorite pastime mostly for children.