Meaning 'summer's end' and pronounced 'sarwin', this is the Irish name for 1 November, the beginning of winter; in medieval Irish tales, the preceding night is often associated with fairies, ghosts, and supernatural adventures. It has never been an English word, but *Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans use it in preference to *All Saints' Day and * Halloween.

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  • Samhain — /sah win/, n. a festival of the ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter. Also, Samain, samh in /sah win/. [1885 90; < Ir; OIr samain] * * * ▪ Celtic festival also spelled  Samain         (Celtic: “End of… …   Universalium

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