Heute war mal wieder ein sehr ereingisreicher Tag: HALLOWEEN!
Es ging damit los, dass in der Preschool "Trunk or Treat" gefeiert wurde. Bei diesem ereignisreichen Happening stellen sich alle Eltern mit ihren Autos auf den Parkplatz und dekorieren ihren Kofferraum im Halloween-Style. Die verkleideten Kinder kommen dann aus der Schule (ja, so nennen wir es hier mittlerweile meistens einfach), laufen zu den Trunks und stauben überall ihre Treats ab. Alles klaro?:-)
Vielleicht könnnen die Bilder es besser erklären:
So sah unser Trunk aus:
Happy Halloween also nach Deutschland!
Für die, die sich für die Entstehung von Halloween und den Umgang der christlichen Kirche mit dem Thema interessieren, füge ich noch einen Teil einer Mail unseres Pastors aus der benachbarten "Church of the Resurrection" ein:
Dear Resurrection Family,
Happy Halloween! No really. Halloween - an abbreviation of All Hallows Eve - is the day before All Saints Day (November 1 in the Western Church) and a time of celebration that Christians should claim. On All Hallows or All Saints we remember and give thanks for those who have died and gone before us into God's eternal kingdom. Halloween serves as a reminder that death is not the end, and that death has been vanquished by Christ, hence we can mock it, celebrate it or have festivals in honor of it.
There's great debate in Christian circles about Halloween. On the one hand it is noted that in pre-Christian times pagans celebrated the fall harvest on this date and made offerings to the spirits of their ancestors or sought to appease evil spirit. The Gaelic festival of Samhain is an example of such a pagan festival. Modern paganism (Wicca and other similar groups) continues to celebrate Samhain on this date.
On the other hand, for 1,200 years Christians have celebrated on this day the triumph of life over death, the hope of the resurrection and the communion of the saints. In the 800's the church moved the date of the feast of all saints to November 1 in order to proclaim the gospel on a day when people were already thinking about the dead - to help people not fear the grave and to recall the hope we have in Christ. The observance of a Christian feast on the same day of a previous pagan festival was also done with Christmas. The date for the celebration of Christ's birth, December 25, coincided with the pagan festival of the winter solstice. On that night, light began to push back the darkness and it seemed a perfect day to celebrate the birth of Christ, the light of the world.
Here's how I see it: For Christians, Halloween - All Hallows Eve - is not a celebration of evil, the occult or the forces of darkness, but a celebration of the triumph of Christ over darkness and of the hope of the resurrection and the communion of the saints. The festivities and candy are a way of robbing darkness of its power and confronting our fears by celebrating our hope. All Saints Day is an opportunity to remember and to give thanks to God for our loved ones. We don't dismiss the idea that there are powers of darkness, nor that death is our enemy. But we celebrate that Christ has triumphed over these things.
(from: e-note from Pastor Adam, Church of the Resurrection, October 31, 2014)