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Halloween

  1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
    Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago

    This is serious question asked in ignorance of the subject and seeking a simple truthful answer.

    It is not an invitation for all and sundry go off in every which dirction on a wild rant on the subject of Halloween     


    while researching for a Hub on the subject of Halloween I came across this statement:

      "Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Halloween because they believe anything that originated from a pagan holiday should not be celebrated by true Christians."


    My ignorant question is this; If the above statement is true do Jehovah Witnessses celebrate or even accept Easter and Christmas as Christian Holly days ?

    1. Jenna May Swan profile image61
      Jenna May Swanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Christmas no - Easter possibly but they don't give you any eggs!

    2. profile image66
      paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      "Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Halloween because they believe anything that originated from a pagan holiday should not be celebrated by true Christians."

      I don't think Jesus or Moses established that principle. Did they?

    3. Shadesbreath profile image90
      Shadesbreathposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I am not an expert on this subject, but I have heard from my teacher friends that they do not celebrate "anything."  No birthdays, no Valentine's day, no 4th of July.  I always hear these sad story's of little kids having to endure ridicule of a nature and brutality that only elementary school kids can devise (not to mention just feeling left out, always)... all so that those poor children can be spared the evil of a Disney themed Valentine's card or a little bag of treats at Halloween.

      1. profile image66
        paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        If the JWs don't celebrate "No birthdays", "no Valentine's day", "no 4th of July" and no Christma; that in this aspect they are right; Jesus never celebrated any of the above. Did he?

        1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
          Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Now I know you're having a laugh....!

            How was Jesus ever going to celebrate Christmas.... or
            Easter for that matter ?

            Now could you please shut up and let a real J W answer the question...?

            It was a serious question, seriously asked and so far I'm still looking for an answer.

          1. LeslieAdrienne profile image83
            LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Hey Merlin,

            Check out exjwlaurie here on hubpages... she was a JW for 32 years and has written some enlightening hubs agout the subject.

          2. blondey profile image77
            blondeyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol

      2. Merlin Fraser profile image79
        Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        They sound a real barrel of laughs....!!!!

    4. rebekahELLE profile image90
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      they don't celebrate holidays or birthdays and will even make sure children do not take part in any holiday activities at school. also many don't let their kids say the pledge of allegiance. I've had a few who could not sing happy birthday with the class.

      1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
        Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks to all who responded and helped me get the facts straight.

        The main reason for asking was I wanted to respond to a comment on another Forum topic that was,in my opinion not only wrong but misleading as well, so I needed clarification before sticking my two cents worth in.

        I suppose another question that springs to mind... Anyone know what they actually do for FUN ?

        1. Beelzedad profile image61
          Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          They burn copies of the "The God Delusion" wink

          1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
            Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            What's the point of that if they are not allowed marshmallows ?

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      surlyoldcatposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Meh. I look at it like this...more stuffs for me during trick or treat.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image84
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    I looked them up.

    My conclusion is that it is a waste of time to even think about them.

  3. iantoPF profile image86
    iantoPFposted 6 years ago

    I have some J W work colleagues that I've had some lively discussions with.
    They do not celebrate Christmas or personal birthdays because birthdays have negative connotations in the Bible. Like the first born children being massacred at Jesus' birth and John the baptist getting beheaded after he condemned Herod on his birthday etc. But they do celebrate wedding anniversaries.
    Any religious or political festival, like 4th July for instance, is not celebrated. Religous festivals are seen as basically pagan and national holidays are shunned because they see themselves as members of the Kingdom of God.
    The only festival they do acceptt is Easter, though they don't call it that. They see it as a memorial that Jesus established for himself. At their memorial communion is served, the only time it is, and only those who are among the 144,000 that will ascend into heaven are able to partake of communion.
    Hope that helps.

  4. J.R. Smith profile image61
    J.R. Smithposted 6 years ago

    It is also believed that these holidays are wordly and full of self-elevation. My neighbors are JW and we are christian. Neither of us celebrate these holidays, though many christians do. (we do celebrate birthdays in a toned-down manner.)

  5. thisisoli profile image56
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    They don't celebrate Christmas, not sure about anything else.  I once made the mistake of giving a Christmas card to a JW when I was at school, he just laughed at me!

 
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