What happens at Samhain? 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. This allowed spirits of the dead to visit the living.
What do people do Samhain?
|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 Beltane dancing? The Festival of Beltane refers to the “fires of Bel,” in honor of the Celtic sun god Belenus. In the Pagan tradition, fire has the power to cleanse, purify, increase fertility. Sky-clad naked dancers jumped through fires for luck.
Is Samhain a religious holiday? Samhain shares the ancient spiritual practice of remembering and paying respects to the Dead with these related religious holidays of Christianity. Halloween, short for All Hallow’s Eve, is celebrated on and around October 31.