Jack-o-Lanterns and History Revealed!
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“And if it seem evil unto you to serve The LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve The LORD.” Joshua 24:15.
( All Credit for this article goes to © “The Western Journal” )
Jack-o-Lanterns history is darker than almost any American knows.
Halloween is now the fourth most celebrated holiday in America, having eclipsed Mothers’ Day, Easter, Memorial Day and even New Year’s Day. It follows only Christmas, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.
It is sad those other holidays have fallen back, but tragic that Halloween — in its pagan form — has so surged. Other holidays celebrate life. Halloween celebrates death.
Our local newspaper’s front page ran so-called trivia about Halloween last week.
According to The Associated Press, the day evolved from a Celtic festival called Samhain — true — and found Celtic people after harvest season gathering in their homes to tell stories and wait for spring — AP hogwash. Ancient Celts worshiped bloodthirsty Druid gods; these deities demanded human sacrifice in exchange for power and prosperity.
( All Credit for this next article goes to © History.com )
“Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31.
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints.
Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.”
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called to work in and for the Kingdom of God! To lead we must try to follow Jesus Christ closely. That is my heart. I am a Chaplain in the prisons; prophetic intercessor by His grace, author, and a Mother in the Kingdom of God. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses of mine are Matthew 11:28-30.