Every culture has traditions, the meaning and origin of which is generally not understood by most followers of such traditions. For example, Halloween will be celebrated on Oct. 31st all across America and Canada, and parts of Europe by millions of people who have no idea about the origins and meaning of this annual ritual. Sadly, most people do not concern themselves with even attempting to understand the real meaning of traditions, and of symbols, such as that of the crucifix. The Bible has much to say about traditions, and generally condemns these practices which people engage in simply because they were handed down to them from generation to generation. The majority of participants in traditional activities do so mindlessly but there are a minority few who understand the roots and real meaning of the tradition who deceptively encourage others to participate in such activities for their own nefarious reasons.
It is obvious that if generations gone by had been good and wise, they would have left us a world of peace and brotherly love, not one of constant turmoil and warfare. Though there have been brief episodes of peace and tranquility in human history, these have been few and far between. The rule has been one of brutal warfare and horrific bloodshed and sacrifice including that of innocent children by the millions. So should we following in the footsteps of previous generations, and celebrating the traditions they left us, even when these traditions are drowning in blood?
Halloween, for example is one such tradition that is a celebration of death and corruption of the human condition, both from a bodily and spiritual perspective. It truly was an event of horror where many innocent people were terrorized and even sacrificed in horrific ceremonies. Although the true history of Halloween has been much sanitized and glamorized over the past 100 years, there still exist writings from the 19th century and earlier that revealed the true satanic origins and practices of this festival. All pagan cultures, such as that of the Celts and Druids of the British Isles have practiced ritual human sacrifice, and Halloween, which in reality is the Druidic festival of Samhain (pronounced Sah-win), was the biggest festival of the year from pre–Roman times, almost always culminating in the most horrific human sacrifices, mostly that of children. Don’t be fooled by the innocuous sounding histories of Halloween that most Google searches will bring up today.