What Samhain means? For the Celts, who lived during the Iron Age in what is now Ireland, Scotland, the U.K. and other parts of Northern Europe, Samhain (meaning literally, in modern Irish, “summer’s end”) marked the end of summer and kicked off the Celtic new year.
What is Samhain and why is it celebrated? Samhain was first observed by Celtic Pagans. 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.
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.
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.