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  • Do you know there are debates in America about whether adult should celebrate Halloween?

  • And if you are Christian, you probably have questioned at one time or another whether

  • you should celebrate Halloween because obviously, it's a pagan holiday!

  • Or is it?

  • Let's find out, with People Also Ask.

  • Hi, I am Shao, welcome to What People Also Ask, where I search something seemly obvious on Google

  • and share with you some of those PAA aka People Also Ask, which is a feature telling you what other

  • people are searching on Google that related to your query.

  • Believe me, some of those PAAs would really turn your world upside down, like, you have

  • no idea what's the deal with Halloween, you really don't.

  • So today's keyword is "Halloween"

  • Let's start with the first PAA:Why is Halloween so popular?

  • The answer to this question was extracted from an article titled "Why has Halloween

  • become so popular among adults?"

  • Published by The Conversation, which is a network of not-for-profit media outlets that

  • publish copyright-free news stories on the Internet

  • Here's what extracted by Google:"Halloween has always promised the chance to be creative

  • and to become something else.

  • But in embracing the holiday, emerging adults are doing more than reject traditional adulthood.

  • They're playing with identity in a way that puts their skills and cultural competence

  • to work."

  • The first thought that came to my mind after I read this article is : What

  • the hell is this paragraph talking about?

  • Here I want to remind you that Google's People Also Asks are algorithmically extracted by

  • Google so sometimes they do make mistakes and extract something out of context.

  • That's why I always also read their original article too.

  • As it turns out, it's a very thought-provoking article talking about why Halloween has become

  • more popular amount young adults specifically.

  • In 2005, just over half of young adults celebrated Halloween.

  • By 2018, that number has grown to over 70 percent.

  • The author argued that the young adults' embrace of Halloween could have something to do with

  • the fact that adulthood itself has changed.

  • Here are some excerpts from the article:

  • If Halloween has become more popular among adults, it's because traditional markers

  • of adulthood have become less clear and less attainable.

  • Traditional markers of adult responsibility and independencefamily, career, homeownership

  • have either been delayed or abandoned altogether, by choice or necessity.

  • Transitions to adulthood have become uncertain, drawn-out, and complicated.

  • He also pointed out several other theories that proposed by sociologists and cultural critics

  • to explain this phenomenon.

  • I highly encourage you to read this article, the link is in the description.

  • For some reason, I relate to this whole article quite a lot.

  • When my Mom was my age, she already has a kid and she already had her own family, her own career

  • And look at what am I doing now?

  • Making Youtube video and carefree

  • Which I would argue is a more enjoyable lifestyle in a lot of ways.

  • So let's move on to the next PAA: Where is Halloween banned?

  • The answer to this question was extracted from an article titled: This Halloween, some

  • US towns will ban teens from trick-or-treating.

  • published by Quartz, which is a business-focused English-language international news organization,

  • it is launched in New York City in 2012, and is owned by Japanese business media company

  • called Uzabase.

  • Again, Google made a mistake, because the answer extracted by Google is specifically

  • referring to banning teens from trick or treating, not about banning Halloween altogether.

  • But still, it's a very interesting article talking about there are actually cities making

  • it illegal for teens to trick or treat.

  • And you can actually go to prison for that.

  • "How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?

  • As Halloween approaches, Chesapeake, Virginia says the answer to that question is anyone

  • over the age of 12.

  • City officials recently announced that doorbell-ringing candy seekers over the age of 12 could face

  • a misdemeanor charge, up to six months in jail, and $25 to $100 fines.

  • What?!

  • Imagine your children go trick or treating and end up in jail!

  • What's wrong with those politicians.

  • It's not like celebrating Halloween is a sin or something.

  • Wait, maybe it is.

  • because obviously there are a lot of people asking " Is Halloween a sin?" on Google which is

  • the next PAA we are gonna talk about.

  • The answer to that question is extracted from an article titled "Is Celebrating Halloween a Sin?" published

  • by Lullabylark.com, which I believe is a personal blog of a Christian Mom named Erin.

  • Here's the excerpt extracted by Google:

  • In understanding whether celebrating Halloween is a sin, we have to know that it is based

  • on both pagan and Catholic traditions of connecting with the dead in hopes to gain power, in

  • pagan tradition, or to make intersession, in the Catholic tradition.

  • But, the scripture makes it clear that neither is possible.

  • Again if you didn't read the whole article, you probably will think this excerpt kind of out of context

  • So I have read the article for you.

  • I believe this article represents the viewpoint of the protestants, but not of the Catholics.

  • It pointed out the Halloween has both Pagan and catholic roots.

  • It has pagan root because it is widely believed that Halloween originated from an ancient

  • Celtic festival of Samhain.

  • Celts believed that on Samhain, the souls of the dead would visit their homes - and

  • that those who had died in the past year would travel to the next world.

  • As a result, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

  • Which later became the tradition of wearing costumes in Halloween and Jack-o'-lantern.

  • They also believe that the presence of spirits can enhance their priest called Druid's

  • ability to predict the future.

  • As to the catholic root of Halloween, it has something to do with the all soul's day in

  • the Catholic calendar.

  • Especially the practice called souling where the poor would go around asking for a pastry

  • called soul cake with the promise of praying for the donor's deceased loved ones.

  • Which later become the tradition of trick or treating.

  • But why do they pray for the deceased you ask?

  • As it turns out, a lot of Catholics in medieval times believed almost all Catholics will go

  • to purgatory where they will be tortured by fire until they are purified.

  • The good news is unlike hell, which non-believers will go to after they die, Catholics only go to purgatory which is temporary.

  • Buttemporarycan mean a very long time.

  • According to an article titled "Tetzel on 7 Years in Purgatory for Every Sin" published

  • by Patheos, which is an online media company providing information and commentary about

  • religion.

  • In medieval times, It has been widely taught that each sin must be punished by seven years

  • of purgatorial fire.

  • Let's say you are a very good person and only commit one sin per day, which is not very

  • likely because that includes eating too much butter and use Facebook as a verb.

  • But let's say you only commit one sin per day

  • You will be facing 2,555 years for the sins you commit per year.

  • And if you live to 70, you would be facing 178,850 years of suffering in purgatory.Isn't that crazy?

  • That is why it is important to pray for the dead because they also believed the prayers can

  • shorten the time your loved ones spending in Purgatory.

  • But this kind of belief also enables the corrupt practice of selling indulgences which later

  • provoked Martin Luther's Reformation of the Church.

  • That explains why most of the Protestants don't approve of the concept of Purgatory, hence

  • they don't approve of All soul's day, hence, they don't approve of even the catholic root

  • of Halloween.

  • But not all Christians oppose Halloween because the next PAA "Is Halloween Pagan?"

  • is extracted by an article titled "Guess what?

  • Halloween is more Christian than Pagan" published by The Washington Post.

  • This article is written by Beth Allison Barr, who is a historian at Baylor University, who is also

  • a Christian Mom who does celebrate Halloween.

  • According to Beth, we have very little evidence about the actual practices of Celtic people

  • and their festivals and most of the traditions we associate with Halloween are actually medieval or

  • early modern in their origin notpagan.”

  • I recommend you to read this whole article if you get a chance, I will put the link in the description to. Very interesting article

  • Alright, let's recap.Today we learned that there are a lot of crazy cities banning teens from trick or treating

  • There are more adults are now celebrating Halloween and they do have their reasons. There are some Catholics and Christians do celebrate

  • Halloween while other Catholics or Christians do not.

  • During my PAA trip, I read another very interesting article titled "Religious Roots, Secular Festivities:

  • Halloween Takes A Hit In Schools" published by Hartford Courant which is a daily newspaper

  • in Connecticut.

  • This article talks about the predicament school facing when tried to decide whether to celebrate Halloween or not.

  • Because by doing so, they will exclude children whose religions prohibit the celebration of Halloween

  • So today my question is, do you think there should be Halloween celebrations in public schools?

  • Let me know your thoughts, Bye.

Do you know there are debates in America about whether adult should celebrate Halloween?

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