Is Samhain the new year? Samhain was first observed by Celtic Pagans. Samhain marked the Celtic New Year, the end of summer, and the end of the harvest season. It also signaled the beginning of winter, which they associated with death. On this day, the Celts believed the veil between the living and the dead was especially thin.
What day is the Witches new year?
|Significance||Harvest festival celebrating end of a harvest season, beginning of winter|
|Celebrations||Bonfires guising or mumming divination feasting|
|Date||31 October–1 November (or 1 May for Neopagans in the S hemisphere)|
What is the Celtic new year? Samhain, pronounced “sow-in” (“ow” like in cow), is a Gaelic festival that marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. It is traditionally recognized on November 1 and considered the Celtic New Year.
Why is Samhain on the 31st? Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.