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(1) That the HALLOWEEN of Hindus Start Today-Saturday ,September,17,2016--and-- Ends on Saturday,October,1,2016 ? (2) Hindu Ancestors' "SPIRITS" alone descend to Earth for 15 days to "SEE" their GRAND and GREAT GRAND CHILDREN --and NOT their BONES .(SO NO BONES in Hindu Halloween ( 3)...

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  1. Annsan_In_Him

    Oh, I didn't know (1) or (2), so thanks for sharing those Hindu beliefs.
    I wonder how many Christians here know the origins and significance of the European beliefs about the October events, especially the eve of 'all hallow's day', Hallowe'en?

    It started out as a witches celebration (un-holy-day) called Samhain. At Samhain, farmers brought livestock in from summer pastures and people gathered to build shelters for winter. The festival also had religious significance, and people burned fruits, vegetables, grain, and possibly animals as offerings to the gods. In ancient Celtic stories, Samhain was a magical time of transition when important battles were fought and fairies cast spells. It was a time when the barriers between the natural world and the supernatural were broken. The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead, who they believed held secrets of the future. Scholars believe that Halloween's association with ghosts, food, and fortunetelling began with these pagan customs more than 2,000 years ago.

    Many of the customs of the pagan Celts survived even after the people became “Christianized.” In the 800s A.D., the church established All Saints' Day on November 1. About two hundred years later, it added All Souls' Day on November 2. This day was set aside for people to pray for friends and family who had died. People made many of the old pagan customs part of this Christian holy day. Some people put out food for their ancestors, or left a lantern burning in the window so that ghosts could find their way home for the night.

    However, for Protestants, 31st of October marks Reformation Day. On that day in 1516, Martin Luther preached a sermon on Hallowe'en (the eve of All Saint's day) where he criticised the pope's claim to be able to deliver souls from purgatory. Luther said if that was true, he could do more for the dead than he could for the living. He criticised purchasing indulgences (the Bingo of the 16th century). A full year later, 31st October 1517, Luther nailed his 95 theses (subjects for debate) on the door of Wittenberg's castle Church. Luther called the Church back to the good news of salvation by grace alone through faith alone – Eph. 2:8-9. He believed the Word of God was the supreme authority for the Christian faith, rather than tradition or papal decrees.

    That date marked the Reformation exploding on to the European scene. Not that Protestants vaunt Luther in any way or make a fuss about this historic event. We just bear it thankfully in mind. That is why I, a Reformed Protestant, have nothing to do with Hallowe'en or All Saint's Day or All Souls’ Day, but give thanks to God for the Reformation that started on 31st October 1517.

    Thanks for providing a much more ancient source of information about such deep-rooted superstitions regarding the dead.

  2. Jake

    A person can know with certainty Jesus exists and is God by practicing the Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin.

  3. Luna

    Hindu Halloween starts on my friends birthday

  4. A-Theist ????

    Sorry. We don't practice Syncretism.

  5. Wolf Jacob

    Whatever

  6. Monica P

    whats the question?

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