What’s in a name?

Although some Pagans and Wiccans call Samhain by the name “Halloween” I think of them as two different holidays. Halloween falls on the last day of October. It is a fun and festive holiday for children of all faiths. Samhain is a deeply spiritual holiday, and a powerful moment in time. It falls exactly halfway between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. The date is not exactly the same every year, just as the Equinox dates vary. In 2012, Samhain falls on November 6th at 4:20 pm. According to Celtic tradition, the Sabbats are celebrated on the eve, making the actual holiday November 5th.

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