More than 2,500 years ago on Samain Night ...

The Gauls were the richest and most numerous of the Celtic peoples. Their importance in numbers and influence was such that the Greeks and the Romans gave the name Gauls to all Celts. For the Gauls, the year ended and the next began at the end of each summer, on the day we call the 31st of October. On that day, the flocks of sheep and herds of cattle were brought back to the stables, and the sun was thanked for the harvest, critical support in the long battle against cold and darkness through the winter.

On this last day of the year the spirits of the dead were allowed to pay a visit to their family, while the God of Death tried to assemble those who had died the previous year to reveal their fate to them.

The night from 31 October to 1 November was the beginning of the Samain. During this first night, special rites were performed to ensure that the coming year would be specially fruitful.

That evening, the Gauls put out all the fires in their homes, and later that night, joined in a circle to watch the Druids solemnly extinguish the Sacred Fire on the altar. The Druids then rubbed together dried branches from the sacred oak until they burst into flame, thus honouring the God of the Sun and frightening away the evil spirits. The head of each family was given burning coals from this sacred fire to relight the fire in his home, a fire that would burn continuously until the following autumn. These sacred fires protected their homes and families from danger throughout the year.

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