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Related to Beltane: Samhain
An ancient Celtic feast, usually observed on May 1, marked by the lighting of bonfires and the performance of various rites of purification.
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(European Myth & Legend) an ancient Celtic festival with a sacrificial bonfire on May Day. It is also celebrated by modern pagans
[C15: from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn]
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An ancient Celtic festival held on May 1 at which ritual bonfires were lit and purification rites were carried out.
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