17 thoughts on “Why do Christians celebrate Pagan rituals?

  1. Good question & Observation — I don’t celebrate Holidays especially Halloween ( Blessings) — I’m a Christian !

  2. Why do pagans celebrate christian holidays? doesn’t that go against their beliefs?

    Some of the things we all do are cultural, not religious.

  3. Trick or treating is very dubious.

    The other 2 may coincide with the dates of previous pagan festivals, but it is disingenuous to turn that into your question.

  4. By adopting the holidays of the early Germanic tribes, the church was able to convert the tribes much easier. You just change the celebration up a little. Instead of celebrating Odin, you say the celebration is for the Christian god.

  5. technically, you’re way off…

    Pagans don’t celebrate Christmas, we celebrate yule or other cultural traditions. It was based on religious conversion in the old days. Give them holidays they can relate to and they are less likely to revolt.

    As for trick or treat, that’s nothing to do with Paganism. It’s entirely commercial… Pagan festivals such as Samhain were to ‘honor the dead’ through feasts and such, when the veil between our worlds was at its thinnest.

  6. Trick or treating doesn’t have jack to do with honoring the cycle of the seasons, I don’t see what you’re getting at.
    Easter and Ostara are still two different holidays with a different focus. One celebrates the resurrection of a god, and the other celebrates the coming of the spring and summer season and the growth of fertility. Same goes with Yule and Christmas.

  7. You start with Christians, so I thought you were asking me, then you asked about Catholics ( I believe you mean Roman Catholics?)

    As a Christian, I do not celebrate Christmas or Easter, as they are pagan as you rightly said.
    I don’t do trick or treating, but that is a cultural concept.

    I do remember the 31st of October though, and thank God for that date in 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door in Worms and by it, started the reformation.

    Please remember that not all Christians are ignorant of pagan customs.

  8. In order to convert the many different pagan peoples the church had to have similar celebrations to the pagan religions. Therefore they celebrate Christs birth as Christmas which just happens to be near winter solstice. A long standing pagan celebration time. Peoples back when the church first formed were uneducated, fearful of unexplainable things and needed something to believe in. The pagan religions related quite often to the stars, earth and weather where as Christianity had none of that and to help with conversion they needed to show celebrations similar to what the people were used to.
    Christmas = birth of Christ, better days ahead, Pagan = winter solstice celebration of ending of dark and rebirth of longer days and the coming growing seasons.
    Easter = rebirth of Christ and ascension to heaven, pagan = rebirth of the trees and the planting season and rebirth of the plants after winter (life continues). So it goes with all celebrations.

  9. Christians have lost touch with the Biblical and historical basis of their faith. There are holidays listed in Leviticus 23, but these have been abandoned in favour of customs borrowed from the nations.

    I’d like to know what Theone78 (first answer) means when he says he doesn’t celebrate any holidays “especially Halloween.” How does he especially NOT celebrate Halloween? How do you especially NOT do anything?

  10. Because they don’t know that it is what they are doing. The church only tells what they think the people need to know, then only what they want you to know!! It’s all about the control.

  11. they don’t…. the pagan holiday were NEVER ABOUT CHRIST as CHRISTMAS AND EASTER ARE so…. get over your own ignorance as to the holidays. they didn’t change yule and you can have a blast at your spring equinox parties…. such ignorance is what bring pagans to a level that makes Christian laugh loudly at them!

  12. Good question , if they incorporated many of those cultural traditions along with pagan rituals and symbols then it brings me to this question:How come we still call catholics Christians? will it take 500 years as it took to them to recognize that Copernicus was right, for us to recognize they are not Christians?and I am not talking about the people that assist to the churches around the world , they are truly seeking God , is the leadership that knows and misguide their followers to perform many rituals and follow a set of traditions that don’t conform to what the Bible says .

  13. They don’t.

    Easter – rooted in the JEWISH Passover and celebrated for 1800 years or more. It is held in Spring, like Passover, and its date follows the moon, like Passover. Why? because the bible says that Christ rose around Passover time.

    The name “Easter” was only applied 4-500 years later when Anglo-Saxons became Christian – they named it after the month it fell in – Eosturmonath. There is no historical record of any pagan festival like Easter. None at all. There is a suggestion that the month might have been named after a pagan goddess, but there is no other record of her at all.

    Christmas – date set in Rome in the late 3rd century. Earlier Roman calendars show NO pagan festival on December 25th. Not Pagan. Yule was not on December 25th, though the convert King Haakon of Norway did move his traditional feast to Christmas after removing the pagan bits.

    Trick or treat has its roots in various folk customs surrounding All Saints Day – another Christian festival started in Rome in around 750AD.

    Can I recommend that you check out what Catholics actually do in their church celebrations before coming up with such nonsense? Don’t suppose you will, though.

    Edit: AG’s response is modern neo-pagan myth made up in the last century and includes a number of blatant untruths. Bede said that Easter was named after a month, there is absolutely NO evidence that Eostre was a popular goddess. Easter’s roots are JEWISH, NOT White Anglo-Saxon Pagan.

    There is no historical evidence that the Celts celebrated any “Day of the Dead” at Halloween.

    Saturnalia was NOT a solstice festival nor was it anything at all to do with the Sun. It was held from the 17th December for a varying number of days – up to 6. It NEVER included the 25th December. The sun god was Apollo with his festival in August.

  14. Let me try and see if this is what you are going for. I have much more information posted on my website, http://www.proudtobepagan.com

    Easter / Ostara: The feast of Ostara/Easter takes its name from the Goddess Eostre, who is a Goddess of spring, fertility, rebirth, and the rising sun. Her name is etymologically connected with both the “east,” and with a word for “shining or glorious.” The Ostara worship was so strong in the Germanic lands that the somewhat similar Christian feast of rebirth and renewal was given the Goddess’s name. Bede recounts that the Christian Paschal feast was named after the heathen Goddess Eostre, and so this celebration is still named Easter among the Christians.

    Halloween / Samhain: The ancient Celts believed that the veils between this world and the other became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits to pass between. The family’s ancestors were honored and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. In order to ward off harmful spirits is where the wearing of costumes and masks came about. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit to avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces. (The traditional ghost costume, the sheet over your head.) Also note the pumpkin jack-o-lantern originated in the states as pumpkins didn’t grow abroad. They used gourds instead.

    Christmas / Yule: The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. The first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice, the return of the sun, and honored Saturn, the god of sowing. Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the leaders among the still-minority Christian sect. Christmas developed, as a means of replacing worship of the sun with worship of the Son. By 529 C.E., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday.

  15. christmas – Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. In the early Church the feast was celebrated along with the Epiphany. But already in A.D. 200 St. Clement of Alexandria (150-215) refers to a special feast on May 20, and the Latin Church began observing it on December 25. The privilege of priests offering three Masses on Christmas Day goes back to a custom originally practiced by a pope who, about the fourth century, celebrated a midnight Mass in the Liberian Basilica (where traditionally the manger of Bethlehem is preserved), a second in the Church of St. Anastasia, whose feast falls on December 25, and a third at the Vatican Basilica. Many of the present customs in various countries are traceable to the Church’s Christianizing the pagan celebrations associated with the beginning of winter and the new year.

    easter – The day commemorating Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. It is the greatest of all Christian festivals, having the central place in the liturgical year. It is the Christian feast linked with the Jewish Pasch. The exultant Alleluia is constantly repeated in the Mass and Divine Office, the Vidi Aquam replaces the Asperges, and the Regina Coeli the Angelus. The Easter season continues from Easter Sunday to Trinity Sunday inclusive.

    As you can see, neither Christmas nor Easter are ‘pagan’.

    Also, “trick or treating” is something done on Halloween, and Halloween is not, in and of itself, a Catholic Holiday.

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