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1. 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.
2. The period during which this feast was held, usually the evening of October 31 and the day of November 1.

[Irish Samhain, from Old Irish samain; see sem- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈsɑːwɪn; ˈsaʊeɪn; ˈsaʊɪn)
(Other Non-Christian Religions) an ancient Celtic festival held on Nov 1 to mark the beginning of winter and the beginning of a new year. It is also celebrated by modern pagans
[from Irish, from Old Irish samain]
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Costumed and body-painted dancers celebrated winter's overthrow of summer by flinging flames around as part of the Samhuinn Fire Festival.
It was originally called s s Samhuinn and was known as "a time of no-time.
OCTOBER 31: Join Beltane Fire Society's Samhuinn Festival at the Castle Esplanade in Edinburgh where a procession will dance down the Royal Mile to mark the end of summer and the onset of winter.
Druids across Britain were yesterday marking the start of their new year during the ancient service of Samhuinn.