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The Celtic Year

The Celtic year began and ended at the end of October/beginning of November. It was celebrated with Samhain one of the four great Celtic fire festivals.  The others are Imbolg (Spring), Beltaine (Summer) and Lughnasa (Autumn). They corresponded with the beginning of the four seasons.

In 2000 Joe Conlon, Chairman of the Athboy Heritage Forum, organised a group whose aim was to bring back the festival of Samhain to "The Hill of Ward", or Tlachtga, near Athboy in County Meath. You can view Joe's story over on YouTube.

The Celtic calendar also included the Winter and Summer solstices and the Spring and Autumn equinoxes. This resulted in the year having, as it were, eight modules. The year had two main parts.The dark half was from Samhain to Beltaine (May eve). The bright half was from Beltaine to Samhain.


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