Many of us were brought up partaking in ungodly holidays without knowing what their origins truly are and what is actually being celebrated.
1 Corinthians 10:20 KJB
"But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils."
Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church. It was not instituted
by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible authority. Christmas was not observed by
Christians the first two or three hundred years. It was picked up afterwards from
paganism in the fifth century when the Roman Church ordered it to be celebrated as
an official "Christian" festival". Scripture does not tell us when Jesus was born but
gives clues that He was not even born in winter.
December 25th is not the day of the Lord's birth but is actually the birthdays of the Roman gods Sol Invictus & Mithras. Which we know are no gods but sun/nature/creation and demon (fallen angel) worship. A quick Google search will confirm this for you.
The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular, that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner.
Christian preachers of the West and Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ's birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun-worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.
Remember, the Roman world had been pagan. Prior to the fourth century, Christians were few in number, tho increasing, and were persecuted by the government and by pagans.
But, with the advent of Constantine as emperor, who his profession of Christianity, in the fourth century, placing Christianity on an equal footing with paganism, people of the Roman world began to accept this now popular Christianity by the hundreds of thousands.
But remember, these people had grown up in pagan customs, chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a festival of merrymaking, with its special spirit.
They didn't want to give it up. The recognition by Constantine, of Sunday, which had been the day of pagan sun-worship, and how the influence of pagan Manichaeism which identified the Son of God with the physical sun, gave these pagans of the fourth century, now turning over wholesale to "Christianity," their excuse for calling their pagan-festival date of December 25th (birthday of the sun god, the birthday of the Son of God.
And that is how Christmas got into Christianity. We may call it by another name, but it's the same old pagan sun-worshipping festival. The only change being what we call it.
Also Santa being an obvious anagram of Satan. Santa giving worldly gifts to who he deems "nice". Satan also giving worldly gifts & pleasures to those who worship him.
Like Christmas, Valentine's Day has its origins in ancient Roman tradition.
"In the days of the Roman Empire, the month of February was the last and shortest month of the year. February originally had 30 days, but when Julius Caesar named the month of July after himself, he decided to make that month longer and shortened February to 29 days while making July a month of 31 days."
"Later when Octavius Caesar, also known as Augustus, came to power, he named the month of August after himself, and not to be outdone he also subtracted a day from February and gave the month of August 31 days."
"To this very day it remains that way. The ancient Romans believed that every month had a spirit that gained strength and reached its peak or apex of power in the middle or ides of the month. This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs, or soothsayers worked their magic."
"An augur was a person filled with a spirit of divination (undoubtedly), and from the word augur we get the word "inaugurate", which means to "take omens". Since February had been robbed by Caesars and had only 28 days, the ides of February became the 14th day of that month."
"Since the ides of a month were celebrated on the preceding eve, the month of February was unique, because it was the 13th day that became the eve of the ides that month, and it became a very important pagan holiday in the Empire of Rome. The sacred day of February 14th was called "Lupercalia" or "Day of the Wolf"."
"This was a day that was sacred to sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno (there are no gods, only fallen angels/demons). This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary twin brothers, who supposedly founded Rome, Remus and Romulus. These two are said to have been suckled by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill of Rome."
"The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of Lupercalia or February 14th. On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named Valentine's Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a bloody ceremony."
"The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats and a dog and then smear themselves with blood. These priests, made red with sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy while carving a goatskin thong called a "februa"."
"Women would sit all around the hill, as the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin thongs to make them fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put in boxes."
"These "love notes" were called "billets". The men of Rome would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th."
"Thus, February 14th became a day of unbridled sexual lust. The color "red" was sacred to that day because of the blood and the "heart shape" that is popular to this day. The heart-shape was not a representation of the human heart, which looks nothing like it. This shape represents the human female matrix (the womb) or "opening to the chamber of sacred copulation"."
"When the Gnostic Catholic Church began to get a foothold in Rome around the 3rd century A.D., they became known as Valentinians. The Catholic Valentinians retained the sexual license of the festival in what they called "angels in a nuptial chamber", which was also called the "sacrament of copulation"."
"This was said to be a reenactment of the marriage of "Sophia and the Redeemer"." As the participants of the February 14th ritual began their sexual sacrament, presided over and watched by the priests known as Valentinians, the following literary was spoken. "Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal chamber, receive the bridegroom... open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace has descended upon thee"."
"As time went on, the Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured "St. Valentine", whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times."
"Christians should avoid Valentine's Day like a plague. In God's eyes, it is still "Lupercalia", the "Day of the Wolf"."
"Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of fornication, which means sexual intercourse without marriage. We have heard of the "wolf whistle", and we all know that wolves do not whistle. It is lustful men and women, who carry on Satan's blasphemy to this very day."
-Quotes from the LastTrumpetMinistries' "Be Nobody's Valentine" tract.
The earliest Halloween celebrations were held "not by the inspired early Church, but
by the Druids in honor of Samhain, Lord of the Dead, whose festival fell on November 1".
This festival is an old pagan holiday, masquerading as though it was one of the customs of the Church. And yet professing Christians allow their children to get into the spirit of this pagan custom.
Now notice what the Encyclopedia Britannica says about Halloween: "It long antedates Christianity. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that this is the one night in the year during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander about.
History shows that the main celebrations of Halloween were purely Druidical "from the Druids of Northwest Europe and this is further proved by the fact that in parts of Ireland October 31 is still known as Oidhch Shamhna, 'Vigil of Saman'. "Saman or Samhain was the pagan Lord of the Dead among the Druids".
So Halloween was celebrated among the pagans long before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This pagan holiday, however, was not celebrated alone among the Druids.
It was also a Roman festival. The Britannica continues: "On the Druidic ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics of the Roman festival in honor of Pomona held about November 1, in which nuts and apples, representing the winter store of fruits, played an important part".
Notice the widespread pagan custom to celebrate this season of the year.
Among the heathen Druids, Samhain or Saman, the Lord of the Dead, was Satan.
To this day people still celebrate with frolicking fun, a wild night in honor of the devil. In Galatians Paul says that the heathen who thought they were worshipping the true God were actually serving demons. Undoubtedly!
The name "Easter" is merely the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the
ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar, pronounced by the Assyrians exactly as we pronounce "Easter".
The Babylonian name of this goddess was Astarte, consort of Baal, the sun-god, whose worship
is denounced by the Almighty in the Holy Bible as the most abominable of all pagan idolatry.
Easter "bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the 'queen of heaven', whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country" (DJS).
The ancient gods of the pagans had many different names. While this goddess was called Astarte in Babylon, it appears on Assyrian monuments found by Layard in excavations at Nineveh as Ishtar (Layard's Nineveh and Babylon, page 629). Both were pronounced "Easter".
Likewise, Beltis, or Bel (referred to in the Old Testament) also was called Moloch. It was for sacrificing to Moloch (1 Kings 11:1-11, especially verse 7, where Moloch is called an abomination) and other pagan gods that the Lord condemned Solomon, and rent away the kingdom of Israel from his son.
In the ancient Chaldean idolatrous sun-worship, Baal was the sun god, Astarte his consort, or wife. And Astarte is the same as Ishtar, or the English Easter.
Also Jesus observed no Lent. The Apostles and the early true Church of God observed no Lenten season. The forty days abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess." (The Two Babylons, by Hislop, pages 104 and 105, and Sabean Researches, by Landseer, p. 112)
In short, July 4th is actually the pagan celebration of "Old Midsummer's Eve" which is
based on solar (sun) worship, which we know is really just Satan worship. sun=Satan
"In the British Isles, Midsummer Eve, the evening before the Christian Feast of St John the Baptist, was celebrated on 24th of June. Old Midsummer's Eve fell on a later date (one which Americans will certainly recognize), after the calendar change of 1752. In the old Julian calendar, June 24th was celebrated as the Summer Solstice and the counterpart to the December 25th Winter Solstice.
This calendar change has to do with Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585), who changed the scope of the Julian calendar. During the sixteenth century, the calendar was ten days slow, as the Romans' during the reign of Julius Caesar was ten days behind the sun. Under Pope Gregory's orders, a more accurate calendar was constructed and the Julian calendar was replaced with the Gregorian calendar. The correction of the drifting of the calendar away from the astronomically fixed moments of the solstices and equinoxes was the very reason for the Gregorian reform (so that the date of Easter could be reliably calculated by the Church). Ten days were "skipped" in October of 1582 to realign the calendar correctly with the sun.
However, many non-Catholic countries did not go along with this calendric change for years, so England did not adopt the modern Gregorian calendar until 1752 (one hundred and seventy years later). With the old Julian calendar eleven days behind the new Gregorian calendar, it was necessary to drop the eleven days. In the 1752 reform in Britain, the old Julian calendar was eleven days off, which required the change made wherein the 11:59 PM September 2, 1752 was followed by 12:00 AM September 14, 1752.
This was how the people of Europe came to celebrate Old Midsummer's Eve on July 4th (eleven days after June 23). Many people found it hard to accept that eleven days had just disappeared, so they continued to refer to holidays by the old Julian calendar by the word "old" before the holiday. The "new" date of July 4th was actually the "old" June 23rd. As a result, instead of celebrating Midsummer's Eve on June 23th, many celebrated Old Midsummer's Eve on July 4th."