Samhain is an ancient pagan festival held each year from October 31st to November 1st, the word Samhain roughly translating as "summer's end", marking the end of the harvest, the lighter half of the year and the beginning of the darker half. A festival with ancient roots in Celtic polytheism, it was linked to festivals held around the same time of year in other Celtic cultures and continued to be widely celebrated until late medieval times. Due to its date, it became associated with the Christian festival of All Saints' Day and greatly influenced the modern celebration of Halloween with its connotations of light and darkness.
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