Paganism

Are most of the modern holidays like Halloween Christmas Valentine's and Easter originated from the Pagan?

In most cases, yes. For example, we do not know for a historical fact what day and year Jesus was born. But December 25th was already a major holiday in ancient Rome, the day when Romans celebrated the Saturnalia-- the birthday of the Sun god. The Christians appropriated this holiday, and turned ...

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Is Halloween part of Pagan religion?

In many pagan traditions, Halloween is celebrated as Samhain, a Celtic fire festival which marked the end of the year and was also a time when spirits freely roamed the earth.

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Why did the Pagans celebrate Halloween?

To give thanks for a good harvest and mourn those who had died the previous year.

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What would the Celts do to make their homes undesirable to lost spirits on October 31?

In Celtic cultures, October 31-November 1 was a festival called Samhain, which much later (combined with the Christian "All Saints Day") evolved into what we know as Halloween. The festival celebrated the transition between the "light" half of the year into the "dark" half of the year at the end ...

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What are the pagan holidays that surround Halloween?

Samhain is the Pagan Holiday that either occurs on the same day as Halloween (Oct. 31) or the day therafter (Nov. 1) or both.

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When is Yule celebrated?

Yule was traditionally an ancient Germanic Pagan holiday that was celebrated at the time of the Winter Solstice, which is around December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. At that time, the days begin to grow longer. All ancient cultures had special traditions to celebrate the return of the Sun. Yul...

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Halloween is a combination of two pagan holidays the Celtic festival of?

Halloween is a combination of pagan holidays, Sambain and Pomono.

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What two pagan holidays represent Halloween?

Only one pagan holiday is related to Halloween: Samhain. (although some may say "pagan new year" is the second, Samhain as a festival covers both days Oct 31st and November 1st) There are however two Roman holidays and three Christain holidays which have also been celebrated at that time of year....

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Why has Halloween become a pagan holiday again?

It began as a Pagan Holy Day (Samhain) so it has always been ours. It never stopped being celebrated by us Pagans. However, more of us have emerged from the "broom closet" so it may appear the we have "again" claimed the holiday but we always claimed as ours. Lol.

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What festivals are celebrated on December 17?

Saturnalia begins on Dec. 17 and lasts til Dec. 24.

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What was Halloween originated as a pagan festival know as?

Halloween originated as a pagan festival known as All Hallow's Eve.

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Is Halloween a combination of two pagan holidays?

No, it's only one pagan holiday, but it is more complicated than that. It is actually based on more than two holiday's. One pagan (Celtic); two Roman, and three Catholic holidays have been combined to form the modern version of Halloween. The first is the ancient Celtic festival called "Samhain" ...

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In which country did Valentine's Day originate?

Valentine's day--whose origins have nothing to do with Saint Valentine, and everything to do with pagan sex rituals--originated in one of the oldest Roman festivals, the festival of Lupercus, the Roman god of fertility. The festival was held on the ides (15th) of February in the Lupercal, where R...

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What did the ancient pagans do to celebrate halloween?

Bonfires played a huge role in the pagan festival of Samhain. People would walk between two large fires to "cleanse" the soul, and animals would sometimes be slaughtered on the flames.

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When was the date that the pagans made Halloween?

October 31st, which was regarded by the ancient Celts as a day when the veil between our world and the Otherworld was thin and so spirits and humans could pass freely between the realms. This event was known as Samhain (pronouced Sow-en) and was later adopted by the church as All-Hallows Eve.

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Was Muhammad a pagan?

Muhammad was not a pagan. He was not a polytheist. He was a monotheist. He abolished all forms of idolatry when he was alive and preached never to put a face or an image of God since no one alive has seen God. He also preached not to worship anyone but the Creator.

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What are the pagan sabbats?

The Sabbats that are shared by both the Druid and the Wiccan tradition are the most well-known of modern Pagan holy days. It should be noted that not all Druid, Wiccan or other Pagan traditions celebrate all of these holidays. Some celebrate a few, some add a few and some celebrate completely dif...

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How do Druids celebrate Halloween?

In old times Druids used to carve turnips and other vegetables of the like and place candles within them (hence the jack-o-lantern of today) to help guide the spirits home. They would also place fruits along roads to nourish the spirits on their journey. Also, because of the veil between our worl...

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Why did pagans light fires at Halloween?

We light fires in the cauldron at "Halloween" so that we may burn away our weaknesses. Part of our Samhain (Halloween) celebration is to write our weaknesses on pieces of parchment and then throw them into the fire to rid ourselves of these faults.

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What two pagan holidays is Halloween a combination of?

all hallows eve and shanhan

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Which of the pagans celebrated Halloween first?

Ancient Celtic druids were practicing a rudimentory form of Halloween more than 1,500 years ago. The Irish brought the holiday over with them when they settled in North America.

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Why did druids first celebrate Halloween?

The druids DIDN'T celebrate Halloween. It was created by Gaelic pagans around 200CE - a full 800 years after the ancient druids were disbanded.

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How does is Halloween a juxtaposition of a Christian and a pagan festival?

The Celtic culture celebrated All Hallow's Eve around the time we celebrate Halloween. The Celts believed that on that day, spirits could return to the Earth and walk among the living. All Hallow's was also the Celtic New Year celebration. In the Middle Ages, people would fear Hallow's Eve, belie...

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Pagan holidays from roman and Celtic festivals?

Roman Holy Days Sunday is the Roman Holy day of the Sun God. It is from the Roman old religion Sunday became the Holy day of the week to worship the Sun God. Full moon day wasl also a holy day for the Romans to honour the Roman Goddess Diana of the Moon. Celtic Holy Days Celts celebrated the seas...

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How did this roman pagan holiday begin?

Halloween actually was a Celtic holiday, not Roman. The Celts celebrated All Hallow's Eve, a day in which the spirits of the dead could return to the Earth for that day. It also functioned as the Celtic New Year.

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What does paganism have to do with Halloween?

Short answer: It's our New Year's Celebration. The old year is coming to a close, we are starting our entry into the dark part of the year, the old crops are dieing and are waiting to be born anew in spring.

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What did the Pagan people call Halloween?

In Celtic paganism, the cross-quarter (midway between a solstice and an equinox) holiday that occurs around Hallowe'en is called Samhain (sah-vin). In Norse paganism, Winter Nights occurs around the same time as Hallowe'en. Please see related link below!

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What are pagan ideas concerning Halloween?

it is known as Samhain. it is when the space between our world and the spirit world is the thinnest. (you can reach spirits much easier)

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What is the name of the pagan ritual that means summer's end practiced by the Celtic priests and serves as a forerunner of Halloween?

The end of summer ritual is known as Autumnal Equinox or Mabon. It also goes by these names: Foghar, Alban Elfed, Harvest Home, 2nd Harvest, Fruit Harvest and Wine Harvest. However, if you are looking for the name of the Halloween Holiday it is called Samhain. It is celebrated between Oct. 30-Nov...

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How does the word 'pagan' relate to Halloween?

Halloween was originally a pagan holiday, on which it was believed that all the evil spirits came out, and people dressed in scary costums to keep them away **** Halloween was the Celtic holiday of Samhain (pronounced sow-en) which was one of the nights when the veil between this world and the Ot...

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Are there really witches in the world like the ones on Halloween?

No. There never have been.

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Are birthdays pagan holidays?

The celebration of the anniversary of your birth has been with us for a very long time. Although there are some religious groups that do not approve of this practice it is not because it has its origins in paganism. People, no matter their personal spiritual path, tend to celebrate birthdays, but...

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What was samhain originally celebrating?

Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons: the light and the dark, at Beltane on May 1st and Samhain on November 1st. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, marking the beginning of a whole new cycle, just a...

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Why do witches have long hair?

they were females (thought to be) and females are thought as of having longer hair Not all people who identify as witches have long hair. However, there are a fairly large number of pagan people(especially women) who grow their hair long, either for asthetic reasons(it's pretty) or because they f...

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What is the ancient pagan celebration of the saturnalia?

The Saturnalia was an ancient Rome festival held in what we now call mid-December (the calendar has changed quite a bit since then). The festivities lasted as much as an entire month, and were held to honour both Saturn the Roman god of seed sowing and gardens and Ops, the Roman god of fertility ...

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What holidays are celebrated by someone who follows Paganism?

Imbolc - February 1st Also known as Candlemas. The very earliest signs of spring and a celebration of the growing light. This is a time of new growth and regeneration. The planting of seeds is one way of celebrating. Creative tasks in general are positive points of focus. Ostara - March 20th The ...

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What was the roman belief concerning a barren woman and the Lupercalia holiday?

Young women, lined the route of the celebratory "run around the city" hoping to be "whipped" by the februa of the celebrants. This was to ensure fertility, and ease the pains of childbirth. Barren women often joined the lines hoping the touch of the februa would make them fertile. For more inform...

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What do bunnies have to do with Jesus?

Since easter is based on an ancient fertility celebration, symbols of which included eggs, bunnies/rabbits, baskets, crucifixes, long grasses, etc. I guess you could say bunnies have nothing to do with Jesus, because easter has nothing to do with Jesus. Passover and Jesus, yes. Easter and Jesus, no.

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Are all holidays pagan?

No. Though Paganism is the oldest faith in the world we celebrate 8 holy days a year, plus moon phases. November 1st (Samhain), December 21st (Yule/Christmas), February 1st (Imbolc), March 21st (Spring), May 1st (Beltane/Easter), June 21st (Summer), August 1st (Lughnasadh) and September 21st (Fal...

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What holiday was Samhain celebrated as?

Today the holiday known as Samhain is celebrated as Halloween in the United States. It's a watered down, commercialized evolution of the old pagan holiday.

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Why did pagans celebrate Halloween?

Originally, Gaelic pagans celebrated Samhain (the festival Halloween gets most of it's aspects from) to give thanks for a good harvest and to mourn the dead that passed in the previous year. Bonfires played a huge role; flame was thought of as cleansing.

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Why did the pagans used to gather and light fires at Halloween?

Bonfires were lit to ward off evil spirits during Samhain, which eventually evolved into Halloween.

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Is Halloween a christian or pagan celebration?

Most likely Pagan. Search All Hallows Eve in a search engine.

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What does the celebration of samhain signify?

In Wiccan wheel of the year, Samhain signify the beginning of the winter, the end of the light half of the year. This is the time when the power of the Sun dies for the northern hemisphere. Therefore Samhain is considered as the death of the Horned God, until he Resurrects/Reborn on the Yule day....

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Do pagans still celebrate Halloween in their own way?

Yes, Pagans still celebrate Halloween.

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Who or what is lupercalia?

It is a big festival in Rome that is held on February 15.

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What is Imbolc?

Imbolc was a Celtic festival that took place on 1 February. It was probably associated with the goddess Brigit, a goddess of fertility, learning and healing. In Christian mythology the Celtic Brigit became a saint and her festival is still widely celebrated in Ireland on 1st February.

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Why do pagans celebrate halloween?

To give thanks for a plentiful harvest and to mourn the dead that have passed in the previous year.

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