As Christians, we’re often contemplating the origin of the festivities we celebrate. After all, almost every Christian holiday has at least one pagan root. I’m not about to open that can of worms nor judge what you should or shouldn’t do. That’s something you personally need to seek God for an answer but what I do find amusing is those who forbid one practice and yet accept another. For instance, Facebook becomes a hostile community during Halloween between Christians who hate not only the holiday but shun anyone who dare participate in it… even for evangelistic purposes. Yet, the first of May we find an innocent pretty post of “Happy May Day” with flower blossoms and colored ribbons.
For those who are unaware, May 1st or May Day is Beltane on the pagan wheel of the year. It’s the exact opposite of Samhain which is associated with Halloween. These merry May celebrations have their origins, too in pagan rites. Beltane is a pagan celebration and that Maypole that children are dancing around in the community park, is actually a phallic symbol that in essence is being thrust into the earth to encourage…. “Fertility”. It’s a time for Handfastings (or trial marriages) and babies conceived during this time are considered a gift from the pagan god and goddess. Now consider this, in the Southern Hemisphere, Beltane is celebrated on November 1st and on May 1st…. its Samhain. So, at the same time May Day celebrations are taking place here, others are celebrating Samhain/Halloween.
With that said, brethren it can only be considered hypocritical for one to say “I Hate Halloween” in October and in May joyfully proclaim “Happy May Day”. Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not condemning those who experience the freedom in Christ to participate in these holidays but I do believe it’s got to be either one or the other. If as a believer, you feel participating in Halloween activities is evil, then by all means avoid Christmas, Easter, May Day, Halloween and basically every other holiday in between, including your birthday! Just don’t take that as liberty to judge others. In contrary, if you’re executing your freedom in Christ, do so with a clear conscience for all holidays, not just a chosen few.
Personally, I choose to celebrate Rebirth Day in Jesus. My friend Victoria has just posted her 18th Rebirth Day on Facebook… now that’s a reason to celebrate!
©By S. A. Tower, 2014