Is Samhain the winter solstice? What is Samhain? This marks the Celtic New Year, generally known as Halloween and is celebrated on October 31st, halfway between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. It commemorates the end of the harvest season and was the time farmers used to prepare their fields for the coming winter.
Is Samhain the autumn equinox? Lughnasadh (Lammas)
Lammas or Lughnasadh (/ˈluːnæsə/) is the first of the three Wiccan harvest festivals, the other two being the autumnal equinox (or Mabon) and Samhain. Wiccans mark the holiday by baking a figure of the god in bread and eating it, to symbolise the sanctity and importance of the harvest.
What are the three days of Samhain? This created the three-day observance known as Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve (31 October), All Hallows’ Day (1 November), and All Souls’ Day (2 November). It is widely believed that many of the modern secular customs of All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) were influenced by the festival of Samhain.
What is the difference between Samhain and Halloween? While Samhain might have had supernatural elements, Halloween was nothing but the supernatural and the dead, plus candy of course. By the time that Halloween took over as the holiday celebrated on the evening of October 31, the jubilant mood of this time of year was darker.