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solstice and equinox, so the mid-summer festival would fall considerably later than summer solstice, around (Lughnasadh).

Samhain was the traditional time for slaughter, for preparing stores of meat and grain to last through the coming winter.

Thus, while evidence such as folklore and ancient sagas may suggest certain associations with Samhain, these all are observed in a Christian context.

There is absolutely no evidence as to whether and how this time might have been observed in any pre-Christian culture.

The Samhain celebrations have survived in several guises as a festival dedicated to the harvest and the dead.

In Ireland and Scotland, the Féile na Marbh, the 'festival of the dead' took place on Samhain.

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