One theory holds that many Halloween traditions may have been influenced by ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, which may have had pagan roots; some scholars hold that Samhain may have been Christianised as All Hallow’s Day, along with its eve, by the early Church. Other academics believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, being the vigil of All Hallow’s Day.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising and souling), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration.
In 935, Pope John XI made a special All Saints celebration for November 1st , which was to apply to the entire Church. He also introduced the eve of this holiday. In 1475, Pope Sixtus IV made a celebration obligatory for all believers on November 1st, and added an octave of celebration.
In the Catholic Church, a celebration in honor of all Christians who have achieved the state of salvation and are in heaven, celebrated annually on November 1st, in content connected with the liturgical celebration of All Souls’ Day. It is the day you always talk about loved ones that are no longer with you. Visiting their cemetery, lighting a candle, saying prayers for your loved one who has passed.
Today(having lost my partner Paul quite suddenly), death has such a different meaning. Becoming a widow overnight, with a young son to bring up and rebuilding a life was not the expected journey.
The death of your loved one whether unexpected or expected is one of the hardest times in your life. I honestly get it. When grieving you feel lost and your grief is all consuming. Today lighting that candle for your loved one at his graveside is extremely hard. A huge part of you is missing; you have lost your best friend and feel as though you are living in a void with a huge hole to fill.
Today especially, I’ll be practising Yoga Breathing with Aroma. It is one of the few things that helped me (Sylwia Polka – CEO). Practicing Yoga Breathing with Aroma helps cope with loss, manage grief and handle day to day problems that are all consuming.
Life is hard, challenging and difficult but you deserve a good life and when you fill your life with positivity it has a ripple effect on your interior and exterior world. Happy Polka would like to help you whilst grieving with Yoga Breathing. You deserve to be happy again.
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