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1 November, 2003

Happy New Celtic Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed Samhain - not Hallowe'en, that's the christian attempt to hide and suppress the earlier celebration with the contrived All Hallows Day. In fact, the BBC reports that even mainstream christian groups now go out of their way to force bogus christian meaning into the traditional, secular version of Hallowe'en - pumpkins carved with bible messages, 'Saints and Sausages' or 'Saints and Superheroes' (something of a mixed message there, too) parties.

To quote from the article:

"There is a tendency to paranoia among some Christians," explains Professor Christopher Partridge of University College, Chester. "They have a dualistic world view - if something is not of God then it's of Satan. And Hallowe'en is invested with a lot of negative imagery for Christians - witches and demons etcetera. It just looks evil."
The fact that Halloween has been embraced by modern pagans particularly gives them the creeps.
"The veil between this world and the spirit world is supposed to be very thin at Halloween," says Mr Partridge, "which is a very positive thing in paganism. It's a time for reflection. But to some sections of the church this can look as if they're communicating with dead spirits."
Even if that wasn't paranoia, so what? Why can't Wiccans celebrate their festival in their way, and christians celebrate their contrived version in their way? It's not as if Wiccans evangelise or try to invade situations where they're not wanted - that's the christians.

As I said in another forum yesterday, it's not a belief system I share myself, but for many people, Samhain is a religious celebration; it's just plain rude to cheapen it with plastic bats, and deeply offensive to try to suppress it.

Clarification: Samhain begins at 00:00 on 1 November. It's not 31 October, and 'Hallowe'en' is not synonymous with Samhain.

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