Historically known as ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ or ‘All Saints Eve’ or shall I call it ‘Samahin’ (pronounced sawin)?
Did you know that our present day Halloween celebration is a descendant of what the pagans (the word ‘pagan’ meaning ‘rural people’) celebrated as Samahin, Samahin meaning November in Gaelic?
This Gaelic festival marked the end of the harvest season, the livestock being driven down from high pasture and the beginning of the winter or the darker half of the year.
The date of October 31st falls approximately half way between the autumn equinox and winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.
According to Irish mythology, Samahin was a time when the doorway to the ‘Otherworld’ (the realm of the living and the home of the deities and other powerful spirits) opened, allowing the spirits and the dead to come into our world. This is the night that the Druid priests and priestesses could and would predict the future, tap into the forces that be and create for the coming winter and beyond.
**This class is in English**