Is Samhain Celtic or pagan? Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition.
What did Samhain mean? 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.
What god is associated with Samhain? The God, at Samhain, is the Horned One, the stag of great antlers, the god of the wild hunt. He is the animal that dies so that we may eat, and the grains and corn that once lived in the field before our harvest. We can honor these late-fall aspects of both the Goddess and the God in one ritual.
What do you wear to Samhain?
Orange represents the dawning of light that will occur when God is reborn.
- Dressing in orange and black is a good way to add these symbols into your celebration.
- You can decorate with orange items that are found in nature, such as pumpkins.