Halloween night and the story behind this celebration | Opinion

Millions of people around the world celebrated the Halloween party, or night of witches, this weekend, wearing all kinds of costumes inspired by characters, or current affairs.

Halloween had its beginnings approximately 3,500 years ago, and the “Samhain” festival would be the current Halloween, because the Celts believed that during that night the spirits came out, along with other creatures such as witches and demons, since the veil between the world of the dead and ours was weakening.

Halloween is a way of saying “night before All Saints’ Day”, since November 1 is the Christian holiday consecrated to the faithful departed, which includes the Saints.


The holiday of Halloween came to the United States from Ireland, then part of the United Kingdom, when more than a million people immigrated to the United States. The first references to Halloween arose after that emigration, since they brought their customs with them.

Halloween descended from the Celtic culture, where pagan rituals were officiated. As various rites were practiced by sorcerers or witches, who at that time were known as healers or priests, the witches began to be granted supernatural powers.

The witch hunt that took place in Europe, after the fifteenth century, increased its relationship with the dark side, and its persecution. As the celebrations of Halloween spread throughout the world, at the same time as their fame grew in theater, cinema, and literature, the figures of witches were used as another advertising resource, a product of that heritage.

It is inadmissible that the Catholic Church has never condemned the Popes who ordered the witch hunt, a genocide of thousands of women carried out by the Catholic Inquisition. The crimes they were charged with were control over fertility, the use of natural contraceptives, or the ability to heal other people and animals.

These women were not as they have been represented in literature, they possessed a particular knowledge and intuition. In the medieval period, when a masculine social prototype prevailed, the knowledge of witches was considered a danger. That is the reason why they were persecuted, and destroyed along with them in the fires.

That famous witch hunt was an important tool in the foundation of the patriarchal order. Women, and all their rights, were placed under the domain of the State and transfigured into economic possessions.

The stories about sorcerers, or sorcerers, have been told and received in a different way, the great magician Merlin, adviser to King Arthur, is one of the examples. Although both women and men have used powers outside the physical plane, women have always been classified as perverse, contrary to her equal masculine that has been praised.

Halloween is the most popular non-religious holiday, surpassing Valentine’s Day and Easter. It is a day that has historically had its moments of horror, and not because of witches or costumes. Records show that a child is more likely to die on Halloween than any other day of the year while trick-or-treating.

Parents must make sure that our children do not go trick-or-treating alone, but with supervision. An overexcited child may run fast, forgetting to check both sides of the street, or use the cell phone to be entertained.

All statistics indicate that child deaths on Halloween involve a drunk driver, and young drivers have been responsible for the majority of these child deaths, due to alcohol abuse and not the fault of any witch.

Alina Rubi is an astrologer and spiritual instructor who practices in Miami. Contact: 305-842-9117, astralrain29@gmail.com; Facebook: Rubi Astrologa; Instagram: alinarubiastrology; www.esoterismomagia.com.

Halloween night and the story behind this celebration | Opinion