Most people know of October 31st as Halloween. But long before kids were dressing up as pirates and princesses, Halloween was called Samhain. Celebrated during the daylight hours of November 1st, Samhain (pronounced "Sow-ween") is the Celtic festival honoring the dead and marking the end of summer.
The End of the Harvest
The Connection Between Samhain And All Saints Day
During the early centuries of the first millennium, the Catholic Church dispatched missionaries throughout Europe to convert the Celtic people. Rather than wiping out the strong Celtic traditions, the missionaries "converted" these rituals into sanctioned Catholic activities
Is Samhain still celebrated today?
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