HELOVINAS – VISI ŠVENTIEJI – VĖLINĖS: TARPUSAVIO DERMĖS KLAUSIMAS KRIKŠČIONIŠKU POŽIŪRIU

Remigijus Oželis

Abstract


Halloween, which is celebrated on the eve of catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, penetrates into more and more countries, including Lithuania, of the globalized world of the 21st century. However, Halloween’s entrance into Lithuanian cultural and religious context raises certain contradictions. Noisy celebration of Halloween, which coincides with the festive period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day commemorating the dead, strongly discords with the period of solemnity. Therefore certain issues arise here: how does Halloween fit in the festive context of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day? How do penetrating Halloween, All Souls’ Day and All Saints interrelate from a religious point of view? Can the mentioned festivals merge into one harmonious festive cycle and how? How can Halloween incorporate itself into a period of peace and composure? Thus, this research discusses possibilities for compatibility of traditions of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the one hand and neo-pagan modernity of Halloween on the other hand in Christian Lithuania.

KEY WORDS: Halloween, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, celebration, Christianity.


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