What does Samhain mean in Halloween? In the Druid tradition, Samhain celebrates the dead with a festival on October 31 and usually features a bonfire and communion with the dead. American pagans often hold music and dance celebrations called Witches’ Balls in proximity to Samhain.
What are the symbols of Halloween?
- Bats: commonly seen at bonfires due to the attraction of insects.
- Black Cats: believed to be a facilitator to other realms/worlds.
- Jack-O-Lanterns: used to provide light for those trick-or-treaters.
- Spiders: much like black cats, were thought to have supernatural abilities.
How is Samhain different from 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.
Who is the God of 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.