Thirty Days to Halloween, Day 20: Samhain & the Celts

Thirty Days to Halloween, Day 20: Samhain & the Celts

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The ancient Celts had four Fire Festivals, and Samhain is thought by many to be their most significant celebration, held Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Druidic festival divided the summer from the winter seasons. The Celts believed the veil and line between this world and the Otherworld, between the living and the dead was the thinnest and this thin line allowed souls and spirits to pass through into our world. Reckless travelers could meet any of these spirits at night, and that encounter could be either be pleasant or horrifying.