It’s October 31st: Happy…

Nevada Day!

OK, but everybody thinks of Halloween, can’t we try a little change of pace once in a while?

On October 31, 1864 President Lincoln signed the Bill making Nevada a state.  Since this happened during the Civil War,Nevada adopted the motto of “Battle Born”.

But this isn’t just a historical date, in Nevada it’s a big deal. Nevada’s

The Nevada State Capitol in Carson City

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capital, Carson City hosts numerous events such as a parade, costume and beard contests, music, fun and more.  In years gone by there was also a big football game between Carson High and Reno…

Many of the festivities continue to this day, and needless to say it’s a holiday for most, but there is one very interesting component that has arisen in recent years: The politicians have gotten involved.

For nearly a century all of the celebrations went down on October 31st, but a few years ago the Legislature in their infinite wisdom changed the observance to the last Friday in October so that there would always be a three-day weekend.  If you are a purist, this is ridiculous, but even for the more pragmatic among us it really looks dumb this year.

This year, in order to assure that Nevada Day is part of a three-day weekend, the observance has been moved from Monday to the preceding Friday… and the parade moved from Monday to Friday… and then to Saturday!

Isn’t it great when politicians get involved?

Well, if Nevada Day isn’t a great alternative to the norm for you, there is another day that could work…

It’s October 31st… Happy

Reformation Day!

Our Lutheran friends will certainly recognize this one, for it marks the day on which Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the church at Wittenburg,Germany. (October 31, 1517)

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder, pain...

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Historians consider this to be the event that sparked the Reformation which changed the course of European (and later American) history.

Luther had no intention at that time of challenging the whole Catholic Church; rather he had concerns and posted the 95 Theses as debate and discussion topics for scholarly review.  You see, he was a college professor and he posted them on the church door at his university.  The act of posting subjects on the door was not a defiant act, but more like what we might do by posting a topic on an internet message board.

Of course in 1517 this sort of thing could get out of hand in a hurry… and let’s just say ‘the rest is history’. For those who desire more detailed information… just follow the links in this post.

But then, if you must be conventional, then there’s always Halloween.  I’m not all that crazy about Halloween because of its pagan origins and symbols.  There are certain elements of it that are just plain evil in my view.  Witches, ghouls, goblins, murder and mayhem really aren’t children’s playthings… and they aren’t funny either.

When my kids were young, I compromised by letting them participate in the candy and fun part, but I explained the dark side when they were old enough, and I didn’t let them get involved with it.  Was this the right course of action?  I still struggle with it.  These days, I’m more inclined to see it the way Mark Brown does in this video:

So, to sum it all up, October 31st can mean many things to many people.  Some are good, some not as good, and a few are just good old-fashioned fun. What is October 31st for you?

Hey, look on the bright side: This year there’s always Monday Night Football!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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3 Responses to It’s October 31st: Happy…

  1. surfingtool says:

    In SA, Halloween has never been a big thing, only amongst satanists and people belonging to cults. Now we see it in the malls – all the silly costumes and pumpkins etc. I am not a prude, but surely there are more sensible things to do on the 31 October each year? If all that money could be spent on causes that are desperately needing funding, if some of that time, could be invested in things that are Kingdom focused, if God could be remembered on the 31 October in the same way, what a difference it would make. Thanks for an enlightening Blog

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