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Old 26th October 2017, 05:30 PM
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Default What truly is Halloween?

Halloween is the eve of all Saint's day. The word Halloween comes from the words "All Hallows' Eve" which means All Saints' Eve. So, this is the eve of All Saints' Day feast.

The word "Hallow" is an old English word meaning "Holy". We still use it when praying the Our Father, we say "Hallowed be Thy Name", meaning 'Sanctified' or 'Holy' be Thy Name.

We still celebrate All Saint's Day Eve and All Saint's Day. We celebrate for all those brothers and sisters in the faith who have joined glory with God in Heaven.

However, as generally happens with some Christians feasts, they get commercialized and secularized by the world. Now, the tradition of dressing up with customs is not bad per se, dressing with customs is not intrinsically evil. Judith dressed up in order to deceive her enemies (Judith 10). Blessed Father Miguel Pro used to dress in disguise during the anti-Catholic Mexican government. So the morality of dressing up as a different personality or entity depends on the intentions and the circumstances. Jesus said: "There is nothing from outside a man which, by entering into him, is able to defile him. But the things which proceed from a man, these are what pollute a man." (Mark 7:15). What defiles people is what come from inside, that is the heart and mind, not by any external thing or environment that surrounds them.

Since this feast has been paganized by the world, caution is recommended for those who would like to join having a good sane time of joy for their children, no to dress of anything that denigrate human dignity or in some way attacks our Lord and His Church.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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Old 26th October 2017, 11:02 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is a similar distortion of a religious holy day. It's the day before Ash Wednesday, and the idea is that maybe you eat a little better than usual, because you know that fasting and self-denial is next. But quickly it became a cause for over-indulgence and sinful revelry, not followed by any type of repentance, or fasting, or penance.
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