Is Samhain the same as All Hallows Eve? Samhain Merges With Halloween
October 31 became known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, and contained much of the traditional pagan practices before being adopted in 19th-century America through Irish immigrants bringing their traditions across the ocean.
What country does Samhain come from? 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.
Why did the Celts disguise themselves during Samhain? In order to avoid being terrorized by all the evil spirits walking the Earth during Samhain, the Celts donned disguises so that they would not be mistaken for spirits themselves and be left alone.
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.