Canadian Halloween Tradition.
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Halloween or Hallowe’en also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31st, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows Day. It initiates the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints, Martyrs and all the faithful departed believers.
According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
According to North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th century no indication is given that Halloween was celebrated there. The Puritans of New England, for example, maintained strong opposition to Halloween, and it was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that it was brought to North America in earnest. Confined to the immigrant communities during the mid-19th century, it was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and by the first decade of the 20th century it was being celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds.
Christian attitudes towards Halloween are diverse. In the Anglican Church some dioceses have chosen to emphasize the Christian traditions associated with All Hallow's Eve. Some of these practices include praying, fasting and attending Church worship. Other Christian communities celebrate Halloween eve as a reformation day. In the Roman Catholic Church, Halloween's Christian connection is cited, and Halloween celebrations are common in Catholic parochial schools throughout North America and in Ireland.
The reaction of non-Christian religions towards Halloween has often been mixed, ranging from stern disapproval to the allowance of participation in it. According to Alfred J. Kolatch in the Second Jewish Book of Why, in Judaism, Halloween is not permitted by Jewish Halakha because it violates Leviticus 18:3 which forbid Jews from partaking in gentile customs. Nevertheless many American Jews celebrate Halloween, disconnected from its Christian origins.
Most Hindus and Muslims also don’t follow this tradition but as compared to Muslims, Hindus seem to have a softer stance. But kids of most south Asian families are seen trick or treating and all clad up in their favorite costumes especially in urban parts of United States and Canada.