*Southern Hemisphere Date:April 30th
*Northern Hemisphere Date:October 31st

*Origins: Pronounced Sow-wyn, Samhain comes from the Irish-Gaelic word "samhraidhreadh", which means "the summer's end". This point on the calender was marked when the ancient standing stones in the British Isles measured the sun at it's lowest point on the horizon.

As winter nears, the God approaches his death. The Goddess though prepares for his rebirth and there is both sorrow and happiness. Animals were culled to ensure a supply of food and remaining crops were left fallow for winter the winter months. It is often said that the veil between life and death is thinnest as a result of death of the God, the animals and plants. Wiccans recognise though that death is not final and that from it renews life again. Samhain is therefore a celebration of life over death as well as a time to remember those who have passed into a new life.

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