Christianity and Halloween

Halloween is a mixture of pagan customs and Christian beliefs. Christians have a sort of love/hate relationship with the holiday. Halloween has alternately been praised and banned entirely by the Christian communities in various locations and in different centuries around the world. Halloween does have pagan roots; there isn’t much doubt about that. The holiday began with the Celtic peoples. November 1 was the first day of their New Year, and it was also the first day of winter. Winter was a harsh and unrelenting season in the area. On October 31 (the eve of the New Year and the beginning of winter), the Celtics built huge bonfires. They threw the bones of animals that had been slaughtered to provide …