Catholic school to ‘bring saints back’ to Halloween

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ANGELES City, Pampanga, Oct. 20, 2014—Holy Angel University (HAU), the biggest Catholic school in the Central Luzon region, is set to celebrate Halloween this year with a unique twist: instead of vampires, demons, and ghosts, participants will wear saints’ costumes.

“The original intent of Halloween was to celebrate the saints, not the devils, because it is the night before All Saints Day,” Robby Tantingco, HAU’s vice president for external affairs, said.

Kids in saintly attire recaptured the real meaning of Halloween in a celebration held at the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel, HAU, Angeles City in 2012. (Photo: CKS)

According to him, the event is part of the University’s advocacy to promote a more Catholic celebration of Halloween.

When the University first held a similar event in 2012, it became the banner photo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Halloween is short for Hallows’ Eve, and hallows is Old English for saints. Somehow we allowed the dark spirits to take over the themes and images of the celebration of what is supposedly a Catholic holy day,” he added.

More than 600 pre-school and grade-school pupils of the University’s Basic Education Department are expected to take part in the annual event.

The Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) and the Institute for Christian Formation will also add other spiritual and cultural elements to the celebration, like distributing estampitas (prayer cards) and singing “gosu”, the traditional Kapampangan hymns to saints. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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