Samhain - October 31
Mon, Oct 31, 2022

Samhain

Samhain is a Celtic festival marking the end of the harvest. It coincides with Halloween and has even influenced its traditions. It is also the day of the dead, whom it is customary to remember and thank their souls for their otherworldly help.

History

The Celts considered the holiday sacred and steadily followed the established traditions: they kindled bonfires, arranged competitions, and organized sacrifices. They believed that until October 31 it was possible to use all the gifts of the earth free of charge, and only after that all fruits and plants become inviolable.

On the evening of Samhain, people lit candles of various colors: orange, white, red. Each of them symbolized a certain theme. Magical rituals and spells cast around fires are also common. Sacrifices were considered fruit, animal hair, meat.

Since ancient times, people have tried to complete everything before this period. It was believed that after they would not bring success. Some Celts contacted dead relatives, asked questions and apparently received answers. Unfortunately, we cannot reveal this secret.

Interesting facts

It is noteworthy that:

  • on this day, the line between the two worlds becomes the thinnest;
  • people sent negative energy and problems into the fire – it was believed that the fire would absorb it all;
  • the symbolic dinner of the holiday is called silent;
  • On this day, old unnecessary things must be thrown away.

How to celebrate

Visit relatives on this day – strengthen family ties. Kinship has always been considered sacred. Show care, attention, do not hold grudges – if you are in a quarrel with someone, you should definitely make peace. Light candles on the windows in honor of the dark forces. Gather with friends, burn bonfires, have fun, decorate yourself with makeup and costumes. Meditate – just close your eyes, relax and ask the higher forces for well-being.

When is Samhain celebrated in 2022?

Samhain is observed on October 31 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 31 2022
Tuesday October 31 2023
Thursday October 31 2024
Friday October 31 2025
Saturday October 31 2026

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