Is Samhain Celtic or 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
What does Samhain mean in Celtic? For the Celts, who lived during the Iron Age in what is now Ireland, Scotland, the U.K. and other parts of Northern Europe, Samhain (meaning literally, in modern Irish, “summer’s end”) marked the end of summer and kicked off the Celtic new year.
How the Irish celebrate Samhain? The modern practice of dressing up during Halloween is firmly rooted in these customs, as is the tradition of lighting bonfires, which began on hilltops in Ireland (Hill of Ward) with clans and communities gathering to light huge ceremonial Samhain fires.
What is the Gaelic Halloween called? The night of October 31st (our Halloween) is called in Gaelic, Oidhche Shamhna, the night before Samhain, which is the Gaelic word for November. Samhain was also the name of an ancient Celtic festival that signalled the beginning of winter.