Halloween was originally a pagan festival called Samhain, meaning end of summer. The Celts believed that on the eve of Halloween dead spirits would visit the mortal world. They lit bonfires to keep evil spirits away and dressed in disguises. Nov 18, 2009 The All Saints Day celebration was also called Allhallows or Allhallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called AllHallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
irish halloween traditions The Celts celebrated Halloween as Samhain, 'All Hallowtide' the 'Feast of the Dead when the dead revisited the mortal world. The celebration marked the end of Summer and the start of the Winter months. So the 1st of November, Samhain, was the Celtic New Year, and the celebrations began at sunset of the day before ie its Eve.
The Roman Autumn festival Three young witches prepare for Ireland's biggest Halloween celebrations in Derry. In the six Celtic Nations, Halloween marks the end of the summer and the beginning of winter. The festival is associated with the Celtic feast of KalaGoav (Breton), Calan Gwaf (Cornish), Samhain (Irish), Sauin (Manx Gaelic), Samhuinn (Scottish Gaelic) and Calan Gaeaf (Welsh). How can the answer be improved?
The night of 31 October (Halloween) is Oche Shamhna (Irish), Oidhche Shamhna (Scottish Gaelic) and Oie Houney (Manx), all meaning" Samhain night". 1 November, or the whole festival, may be called L Samhna (Irish), L Samhna (Scottish Gaelic) and Laa Houney (Manx), all meaning" Samhain day".
Today, Halloween in all about wearing the scariest costumes and collecting the most candy but the Celtic's had a different view of the holiday of Samhain.