It is Halloween again, reminding us all about the true nature of our existence in this world – we cannot live permanently in the physical plane but in eternity beyond.
This is not what most people think about Halloween, but the hauntings and the manifestation of ghosts, monsters, vampires and other demonic creatures.
I agree with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminding the faithful about the ‘deep religious roots’ of halloween, which is not only to remember the souls of the departed but the good deeds of the martyrs and saints.
“Halloween also has religious roots. But like many religious activities, other elements have been mixed in. Now it has become mainly a costume party held for fun,” Tagle noted.
Cardinal Tagle clarifies the church is not against the costume party and other Halloween celebration but it should be for the sacredness of the season.
“The Church is not against people having fun, but they should not forget the real meaning of the celebration,” the cardinal said.
Cardinal Tagle encouraged people participating in Halloween party to wear costumes inspired by the saints.
On the other hand, we should also be aware that the Halloween’s origin can be traced over 2000 years ago during the Ancient pagan festival by the Celtic people.
According to the World Book of Encyclopedia, “The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead.”
Moreover, Celts wore goulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them as one of their own and leave them alone. Monster costumes somehow served as camouflaged to hide the true identity of the living.
If you ask me what we should do during Halloween? Of course, we can celebrate based on what we know could entertain us or make us happy but we should not forget that All Saint’s Day is should be offered to the saints based on Christian belief and All Souls’ Day should be dedicated to the departed souls. Let us offer our heartfelt prayers, forgive and release those souls whether they are our relatives, friends and even enemies.