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- Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?
- The History and Origins of Easter
- Why We Are Not Primitive Baptists (Part 3) - Pagan Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween)
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Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?
Many people are shocked to discover the origins of our most popular religious holidays. They are also surprised to find that the days God commands us to observe in the Bible—the same days Jesus Christ and the apostles kept—are almost universally ignored. Also, why are today's supposedly Christian holidays observed with so many rituals and customs that are not sanctioned anywhere in the Bible? In this booklet you'll discover detailed answers to these questions. Skip to main content. You are here UCG. Get it now.
E aster, which celebrates the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, is a holiday actually based on an ancient Pagan ritual. Unlike most holidays, Easter does not fall on the same set date each year. Instead, Christians in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the full moon of the vernal equinox on March Therefore, Easter is celebrated each year between March 22 and April Easter has also been traced to the Latin words Hebdomada Alba — meaning white week — referencing Easter week in which white clothing is worn by people who get baptized. The Pagan ritual of the Spring Equinox is a celebration of renewed life and the change that comes with spring. This solar festival is celebrated when the length of the day and the length of the night are equal, which occurs twice a year at the spring and fall Equinox.
The History and Origins of Easter
Q: Why is it that you do not tell Christians it is wrong to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Easter, or especially Halloween? A: Your question is a very good one and something that many Christians have wondered about. You are right; many of the holidays that the Christian church embraces have origins and many practices that were connected to pagan worship festivals. We know that Christ had nothing to do with the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, the holly bush, and Christmas decorations. And since we are a ministry that is dedicated to teaching the truth, there must be a good reason why we do not teach against the practice of Christians setting aside special days of worship. We receive many questions like this, especially around Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. Today people often say they are going on a holiday when they are taking a vacation, but originally a holiday was a day of the week that was set aside because people believed it had special religious significance.
Here are the astonishing facts which may shock you! Test yourself. How much do you know of the origin of the Christmas tree—of "Santa Claus"—of the mistletoe—holly wreath—of the custom of exchanging gifts? When I was awakened the next morning, they were filled with small toys and sacks or little boxes of candy and nuts. And beside the mantle, from which my stockings hung, a Christmas tree has suddenly appeared, decorated with shiny tinsel. And on it hung presents. Other presents for us children were piled on the floor underneath.
It begins the observance of Allhallowtide ,  the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints hallows , martyrs , and all the faithful departed. One theory holds that many Halloween traditions may have been influenced by ancient Celtic harvest festivals , particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain , which may have had pagan roots;     some scholars hold that Samhain may have been Christianized as All Hallow's Day , along with its eve, by the early Church. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating or the related guising and souling , attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns , lighting bonfires , apple bobbing , divination games, playing pranks , visiting haunted attractions , telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films. The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about  and is of Christian origin. Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries , some of which are believed to have pagan roots. For the Celts, the day ended and began at sunset; thus the festival began on the evening before 7 November by modern reckoning the half point between equinox and solstice.
Why We Are Not Primitive Baptists (Part 3) - Pagan Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween)
Much could be said about the specific origins of different holidays, be they pagan or not, but that information can be found elsewhere. Special days or weeks that He designated were to be times of celebrating His goodness to them, as well as times designed to help His people remember His deliverance and provision. Therefore, holidays per se are neither good nor bad. It depends on what they are for.
Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ , which, in Western Christian Churches , is held annually on 25 December. For centuries, it has been the subject of several reformations, both religious and secular. In the 17th century, the Puritans had laws forbidding the ecclesiastical celebration of Christmas, unlike the Catholic Church or the Anglican Church , the latter from which they separated.
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