Worldwide October 31 is known to be Halloween Day and as is customary, children accompanied by their parents, children or teenagers go out to explore the neighborhoods in search of sweets or mischief in an “Innocent” way without knowing the true origins of tonight.
Have you ever heard from the priest of the church you attend that celebrating Halloween is a Satanic rite? or Did you read the posters that faithful distribute hours before night falls announced that the Night of Witches is a worship of Satan? And although for many this is taken as a joke, it is real and here we will tell you the whole story around.
Catholic Origins of Halloween To know the origins we have to go back to the year 840 where Pope Gregory IV imposed that the day of celebration of All Saints be unique in the world remaining until today on the indicated date (Previously it was celebrated on the thirteenth day of the fifth month but Pope Gregory III ordered it to be celebrated on November 1 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy).
Back then in Ireland and Britain had a party of not much importance the days before the new month called All Hallows Even or Hallowe’en.
Already by 998 an abbot of the monasteries on the southern side of France added one more holiday to the calendar of this epic, November 2 “Day of All the Dead”, making it spread throughout the continent. As they had celebrations for the souls of heaven and purgatory, the Irish decided to celebrate the pagans as well, but not in the form of a holiday, they only beat pots and pans shortly before the beginning of All Saints Day so that the vagrant souls know that they had not been forgotten.
The origin of Halloween costumes In the 18th century, it is said that it was in the British colonies of North America that French Catholics married the Irish in a mixture of culture. In it French nationals dressed to commemorate the people who left this world on November 1, while the day before, the people of Ireland adopted these customs but with a more terrifying tone as they commemorated the souls of hell.
Origin of Trick or Tree/Sweet or Mischief According to the beginning of the Treta or Traot dates back to the 15th to the 17th years where people belonging to the Catholic Church had no legal rights in England so they planned an attack on James I (Protestant King). Although this was never realized as Guy Fawke, a Catholic from the resistance, was imprisoned and forced to confess to the crime that was to be committed. That day was called “Guy Fawkes Day” (November 5, 1605).
After this many pranksters wore masks and went to Catholic homes to order beer and cupcakes with the phrase “Sweet or mischief”. With the passage of time the protagonists were forgotten as well as the commemorative day but the phrase remained for the story so they decided to keep it in the celebration of Halloween.