Samhain

(aka Sauin; Souney; Shamna; Second night of Shamna; All Soul's; Feast of Mongfind; Summer's End; Feast of the Dead; Wiccan New Year; A celebration of the Gods and Goddesses of the Otherworld; Oidhche Shamhna; La Samhna; Nos Galen-gaeof (Night of the Winter Calends); Nos Kentan r' Bloaz ("The First Night of the Year"); "the Day Between Years"; All Hallows Eve; Hallowmass Eve; Halloween; Hallowstide; Hollantide; All Hallows; All Holys; All Saints; Laa Houney (Hollantide Day); November Eve; Oidhche na h-aimloise (Night of mischief); Fleadh nan; Mairbh (Feast of the Dead); La Toussaint; El Dia de los Muertos)). The evening of the 31st, the day of the 1st)



Beginning of the New Year, and the Beginning of Geimhredh [Gevruh], or the first quarter of the year; the Beginning of Giamon "Winter".

Samhain is Irish Gaelic for "summer's end." The standard Irish pronunciation is "sow-in" with the "ow" like in "cow", because "mh" in the middle of an Irish word is a "w" sound. Other pronunciations that follow with the many Gaelic dialects include "sow-een" "shahvin" "sowin" (with "ow" like in "glow"). The Scots Gaelic spelling is "Samhuin" or "Samhuinn." There is no linguistic foundation for saying this word "samhane" (SAM-HAYNE) the way it might look if it were English. When in doubt, you might just say "Hallows" or even "Hallowe'en" (The evening before Hallows)

(There is some thought among some scholars that this wasn't the Celtic New Year)

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