What is the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? 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.
Why was Samhain so significant to the Celts? Samhain was considered an auspicious time for the druids to practice divination, since the connection to the spirit world was stronger than usual. The lifting of the veil between the Otherworld and the physical world meant that Samhain was also considered to be a perilous time for the ancient Celts.
What did the festival of Samhain celebrate? 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.
How do Celts celebrate Samhain? The Celts would gather around a communal village fire on Samhain, then take a burning branch home to light their own hearth. These communal fires would be placed all around a village to help guide spirits home.