There is always another story.
The history of holidays is something brought up more and more with every year. Many don't want to hear it. Others simply are unaware of the historical truth behind these...happenings we've turned into celebrations. So let's start with...
The history of holidays, Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving started as a celebration of "murder, enslavement, rape, and massacre" of Native Americans. (Morning Star Gali of the Pit River Tribe)It was celebrated for the very first time in 1637, after a massacre of over 700 Native Americans in New England. Most of us had no idea this was the case because, well, school doesn't show us the ugly truth to how whites gained power over this land in the first place. Why would they go into what we did to the Native Americans for our own gain? A party is a party, AmIright? (Typed with disgusted sarcasm, I assure you)
Yule, which was a pagan holiday of the Germanic folk. It was a time for presents and indulgent eating and drinking.
Then there was Saturnalia, a holiday of gift-giving, cross-dressing, and even human sacrifice. How kind they cut that bit out, huh? Making December 25th about Jesus was basically a compromise between Christians and pagans around the 5th century when Christianity spread to Europe.
Oh, the history of holidays deepens!
Halloween was originally a Catholic holiday called "All Hallows" or "All Saints'" where they celebrated their slew of saints. Because, well, they have a lot of them. No, they didn't "steal" anything from the Celts. Samhain was always celebrated in Oct/Nov while All Saints' Day was at one point celebrated on May 13. Pope Gregory III moved the celebration to November 1st, the day he dedicated the All Saints' chapel in Rome.
Trick or Treating came from the Irish with whom it was customary to go door-to-door, in preparation for All Saints' Day, asking for food donations for a town feast.
Costumes? Well, there are a few different theories. Some say that bit came from the Druids while others say it was a way for people to "poke fun at Satan" by dressing as skeletons and other creatures that typically incited fear in people. The history of holidays is a little more muddled when it comes to Halloween because there were so many widespread celebrations going on around the same time. Día de los Muertos, anyone?
Many Christians--heck, most Americans--won't take a moment to consider this history because it ruins the fun they're waiting to have during the holidays. In the case of Halloween, many are just stubborn and refuse to hear anything beyond than their modernized view because Halloween has been dubbed "The Devil's Birthday" for so long now. And like every organized religion, sticking your fingers in your ears and going "blah blah blah" will keep you from asking questions and muddling your path to eternity.
It's in human nature to avoid uncomfortable truths if not straight up denying them, though, right? So none of this denial and refusal to hear should come as a surprise to any of us.
But you know what? History happened, whether we like it or not. We cannot just gloss it over and pretend it never happened. There are people on the other side of Christianity who see something beyond the Christmas lights, and the turkey and and cornucopia and they have every right to celebrate the way they see fit.
No one has the right to tell anyone to get over historical facts and celebrate holidays in just one way. Others will celebrate Yule and others will celebrate All Saints' Day.
We are entering an age where people are less willing to conform to one way of thinking. Why? Because humanity is evolving. We're seeing more. We're becoming more empathic. We're realizing how much of what we live by was created by one idealized way of thinking that benefited those who agreed to think the same way. I am thrilled and pleased, to say the least, at this change.
I welcome this change.
So go forth and celebrate as you see fit. Or don't celebrate at all! But if you see someone who is not doing it your way...
be kind, smile, and keep living your life.
About Diana Robertson
Diana Robertson has been seeking answers to every day mental and emotional struggles for over fifteen years through her clients' experiences as well as her own. Studying New Age methods, consciousness, religious ideals, mythologies, and more, Diana has a groundwork of esoteric discoveries to share with anyone willing to open their mind and consider the possibilities.
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