There are 8 different Celtic Calendar ceremonies which we celebrate. The old year ends and the new year starts with Samhain
Samhain – celebrated October 31st
Samhain is the Celtic New Year. It marks the end of one harvest year and the beginning of the darker half of the year. Leaves are falling of the trees and the nature around us turns inward. During Samhain the veils are very thin to the otherworld. It is a good time for planting the seed for new things you want to embrace into your life, which you will nurture over the coming months and bring to full blossom in the spring.
Samhain is a ceremony were special honour is given to the ancestors. But not only the ancestors are close during this time, it is also a time where the world of the elementals mingles with our world, fairies are very active and it’s a great time for divination. Samhain also marks the time for us to turn inward, nurture ourselves and regain our strength.
During Samhain in Celtic Ireland all fires were extinguished and a central ceremonial fire was lit by the druids, traditionally on Tlachgta a sacred hill beside Athboy in County Meath. From this fire people would bring home a burning stick and relight the fire in their homes.