Georgian Orthodox Church urges Christians not to celebrate Halloween
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 27 / Trend , N.Kirtzkhalia/
The Georgian Orthodox Church is concerned that Georgia has recently more and more widely celebrated Halloween.
The Patriarchate of Georgia reported that the majority of youth participating in this festival cannot even imagine of what they become a co-participant.
"To replace own traditions with foreign fashionable holidays is unworthy for the nation that has two thousand years of Christian culture. Halloween is a holiday of old Celts. Its appearance is due to misperceptions of people of Britain, Ireland and northern France (Gaul). Halloween is celebrated on the night on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Despite the European origin, the United States widely celebrates it at the moment, while this holiday has spread in Europe only in the last period. On that night, the old Celts conjured away the evil," said the Orthodox Christians.
It also noted that sociologists see great danger in celebrating of Halloween. They believe such holidays indicate a cultural crisis, when people cannot distinguish between good and evil.
"Psychologists believe that this festival has negative psycho-physical, emotional impact on children, followed by general demoralization of consciousness," said in the statement.
The statement noted that the representatives of both Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as virtually all religious confession repeatedly expressed their negative position in relation to the Halloween.
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