Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The spookiest ancient Irish myths and legends surrounding Halloween

“Samhain is the ancient Irish festival that became Halloween as we know it.  Here’s a look at the importance of Samhain in the Celtic calendar and Irish folklore.

The Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter. Samhain, or Halloween as it is now called, was the division between these halves. The Celts believed that the veil between our world and the other world was thinnest at this time. Oíche Shamhna (October 31) is Halloween and Lá na Marbh (November 1) is the Day of the Dead, or All Saints Day, when those who have passed away are remembered.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/top-spooky-ancient-irish-myths-surrounding-halloween-229248101-237784691.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IC%20Favorites%20October%2031&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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