How did Samhain get its name? Halloween’s original name is ‘Samhain’ (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in): Samhain roughly means “summer’s end” in ancient Gaelic. It was (and for many modern pagans still is) the fire festival which marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new.
Where did the tradition of Samhain originate? Ancient Origins of Halloween
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
When did Samhain originate? With its origins in the pastoral calendar, Samhain celebrations likely pre-dated the arrival of the Celts in Ireland some 2,500 years ago.
What does Samhain mean in Gaelic? In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction