WHY HALLOWEEN IS “NOT” A HOLIDAY

WHY HALLOWEEN IS “NOT” A HOLIDAY

Michael Markoch

 

UNITED STATES- Halloween has been a debate for years, but the American people still don’t know the answer to it.  Is that day on October 31st where all kids dress up in costumes and rejoice while grabbing as much candy as they can a holiday in America?  All signs point to no.

Halloween dates back to old Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light candles and dress up to fight off ghosts and evil spirits.  Since, Halloween has evolved to trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and little kids dressing up in cool costumes.  

October 31st is also known as All Hallows Eve, or the day before All Saints Day, which is a religious holiday for Catholics.  But even if this is the case, America has freedom of religion and not everyone celebrates All Saints Day.  

Junior Christian Monconduit believes Halloween shouldn’t be a holiday.

“Halloween is a pagan holiday and only to those people it should be a holiday, but I can see how Americans can think it is.”

The definition of a holiday is, “a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done (merriam-webster.com).” Is work done on Halloween? Yes. Is school in session on Halloween? For most schools, yes it is.  Therefore, according to the definition, Halloween is not in fact a holiday.

Holidays are also known as a time to gather family and celebrate being together.  Most people don’t come from all over to be with their families on Halloween, they do that on Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Easter, but not Halloween.

On the other hand, some people say that because Halloween falls on the same day once a year and that a celebration occurs, it’s a holiday, but that doesn’t mean anything.  Birthdays, Feast days, and other days fall on the same day, but that doesn’t make them holidays.  

Another reason is that Halloween is not on the federal holiday list.  The days that are on it are Christmas, New Year’s Day, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, MLK Day, and more.  This means that the US government does not acknowledge Halloween as a holiday, so it shouldn’t be treated like one.

Some really get into Halloween by dressing up creatively and decorating their houses, whereas others don’t care that much and just take it as a normal day.  Although many facts point to halloween not being a holiday, in the end it is all part of someone’s opinion and what they think.

Resources:

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween