Many Christians celebrate holidays, such as Halloween, without thinking
about their origins or true meaning. It is impossible to separate Halloween
from the Druids because they originated the "holiday."
For several hundred years before Christ, the Celts inhabited what is now
France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. Celtic priests were called
Druids. These people were eventually conquered by the Romans.
Information about the Celts and Druids comes from Caesar and the
Roman historians, Greek writings from about 200 B.C., and very
early records found in Ireland. Greek and Roman writings about
the Druids dwell heavily on their frequent and barbaric human
sacrifices. The ancient Irish texts say little about human
sacrifices, but detail the Druids' use of magic to raise storms,
lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create
Davies, however, a 16th century writer who traced his family lineage
directly back to Druid priests who fought against Caesar, clearly describes
the human sacrifices of his ancestors and the secret sacrifices still
performed regularly by the Druids of his time.
By 47 A.D., Rome finally defeated the Druids in Britain and outlawed human
sacrifices. The few remaining Druids went underground.
Today a growing group of people claiming to be of direct Druid descent,
still practice their religion, including human sacrifice.
Those in England still perform ceremonies at Stonehenge.
November 1st was the Celtic new year
October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a
festival honoring their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead.
They believed that the sinful souls of those who died during the year were
in a place of torment, and would be released only if Samhain was pleased
with their sacrifices.
Monks Fascinated By Druids
Irish records tell of the fascination the Catholic monks had with the
powerful Druids, and Druids soon became important members of their
monasteries. Pope Gregory the Great decided to incorporate the Druids'
holiday into the church. He made the proclamation, "They are no longer
to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to
the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of all gifts for His
bounty." Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to
November 1st and called it All Hallows or All Saints' Day. Pope Gregory
IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The
term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve.
The founding fathers of America refused to permit the holiday to be observed
because they knew it was a pagan holiday. Halloween was not widely
celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. In the 1840's there was a terrible
potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Catholic Irish to America.
They brought Halloween with them.
The modern custom of going from door to door asking for food and candy goes
back to the time of the Druids. They believed that sinful, lost souls were
released upon the earth by Samhain for one night on October 31st while they
awaited their judgment. They were thought to throng about the houses of the
living and were greeted with banquet-laden tables. People greatly feared
these spirits and thought that the spirits would harm and even kill them if
the sacrifices they gave did not appease Samhain. They carved demonic faces
into pumpkins or large turnips, placing a candle in them to keep the evil
spirits away from their homes.
The tradition of bobbing for apples and giving out nuts came from a Roman
addition to the Druidic New Year’s eve. The Romans worshiped Pomona who was
the goddess of the harvest. They combined their harvest festival to Pomona
Very little archeological evidence of the Druids has been found, but there
is excellent agreement between the Roman and Irish documents. Both clearly
state that the knowledge of the Druids was never committed to writing but
passed from generation to generation by oral teaching. This was to protect
their secrets. In his writings, Davies indicates that he came under much
persecution by his family for putting in writing his information about
Druids. The same is true today. Nothing is put into writing. The Druids
continue on secretly with much the same traditions.
The widespread problem of harmful substances such as razor blades, drugs,
poisons, needles, etc. being placed in the Halloween treats here in America
is no accident. Testimonies of several ex-Satanists show that these
children killed and injured by the "treats" are sacrifices to Satan
(or Samhain). Satanists throughout the world continue to perform human
sacrifices on Halloween.
Is this something you want YOUR child to participate in?
- Celebrations - The Complete Book of American Holidays, Robt. J. Myers, (Doubleday & Co., 1972).
- The Famous Druids, A. L. Owen, (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1962).
- The American Book of Days, George William Douglas, (H.W. Wilson Co., 1948).
- The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop, (Chick Publications, 1998).