Samhain Definition

The new year's festival of the ancient Celts, celebrated by modern pagans on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1
Webster's New World
An ancient Celtic feast celebrating the end of harvest and the beginning of winter, marked by bonfires and sacrifices and by the propitiation of gods who were believed to become visible and play tricks on their worshipers.
American Heritage
The period during which this feast was held, usually the evening of October 31 and the day of November 1.
American Heritage

Origin of Samhain

  • Irish Samhain from Old Irish samain sem-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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