Halloween, Samhain

The Origins Of The Celtic Holiday Samhain

The holiday of Halloween, originally called Samhain, began as a Celtic tradition about 2,000 years ago. Celtic peoples celebrated Samhain from October 31 to November 1st to mark the end of their harvest and of the Celtic calendar. Large fires were forged to scare away the evil spirits that were believed to appear at the start of the Celtic new year.

In present day the traditional form of Samhain, with large fire gatherings, is largely celebrated by those of pagan faith.