On Wednesday, Oct. 31, many of us celebrated Halloween. Halloween may have pagan foundations, but for most, it is simply a fun holiday to be celebrated with costumes and scary movies. But the beginnings of dressing up and creating jack-o’-lanterns were to protect ourselves from evil spirits.
Thus began the Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. In medieval England the festival was known as All Hallows, hence the name Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) for the preceding evening, as per Christianity.com.
All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) was first celebrated in May in 609 by Pope Boniface IV. During the Reformation, the Protestant churches came to understand “saints” in its New Testament usage as including all believers and reinterpreted the feast of All Saints as a celebration of the unity of the entire church.
Today, we see our demons emerge in many ways over politics and election seasons and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. Personal faith aside, our political environment gets more frightening and hostile every day. We are haunted on social media and by political commercials and phone calls scarier than those coming from inside the house. The day after Election Day can be looked at as a political All Saints’ Day — a purging and freedom of the darkness that pervades us throughout the months leading up to Nov. 6.
Four years ago, this paper endorsed no one for governor. It appears that Connecticut Republicans and Democrats have learned no lessons since then. It’s not worth the space to endorse anyone in a race that is nearly identical to four years ago. Connecticut is, and will be, worse for both election days.
The most we can do is hold onto our faith that the day after Election Day, Nov. 7, is a new day, and hope that someday we will earn the redemption Connecticut, and our political discourse, so desperately needs.