What is the true date of Samhain? In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction
What year did Samhain begin? It is first mentioned in the earliest Irish literature, from the 9th century, and is associated with many important events in Irish mythology. The early literature says Samhain was marked by great gatherings and feasts and was when the ancient burial mounds were open, which were seen as portals to the Otherworld.
Is Samhain the same date every year? Samhain celebrants who live in the southern hemisphere must observe Samhain at a different date on the Gregorian calendar in order to maintain the spirit of the holiday. Because the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice differ depending on where you are on earth, many Pagans adjust their date of celebration accordingly.
Why was Samhain on the 31st October? Ancient Origins of Halloween
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.