One day I searched in my dictionary: Halloween; and was surprised to see what the definition was; not what I had expected.
The word is a noun and means: "the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints' Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door." Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary
The origin of the word is derived from two words which are: HALLOW, EVEN. This means: holy evening.
Which confuses me.
If this day; is an "all saints' day", a "holy evening" why is there a spooky, and an "evil" vibe in the air, by how people celebrate this day in America?
I did some research in Wikipedia and from what I understand this "holiday" is intended to be a day to remember the saints. "Christians in some parts of the world visit graveyards
to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones." Isn't this what we should be doing as well? In our country, it seems that the main focus is on trick-or-treating, but even that was derived from "Souling" where people "carol" by singing and about the saints or pray about friends and family that have passed away in exchange for a "soul cake".
What have we done to this celebration? How are to celebrate it this year? Please feel free to comment.
- New Oxford American Dictionary
- (One has been embedded in this Journal)