Spirituality Page: Wheel of the Year: Samhain
Samhain: October 31 - November 2
Samhain (pronounced Sowain, Sah-uin, or Sahm-hayn) is also called the Celtic New Year, All Hollows Eve, and Halloween. Samhain, along with Beltane, is one of the original fire festivals. While Beltane celebrates life (the crops growing), Samhain celebrates death (the harvest). In Wiccan tradition this Sabbat celebrates the death of the Oak King and is followed by six weeks of mourning by the Goddess.
All Hollows Eve is a time when the veil separating the living from the dead is at its weakest. Thus, it is a time to celebrate the passing of your ancestors and to become closer with the spirit world.
For more detailed information about Samhain, please read Gordon Ireland's article Samhain.