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  • proper n. A holiday, falling on the night of the 31 of October to the 1 of November, celebrated by the ancient Celts and by modern neo-pagans as the beginning of winter and the new year, and a time during the spirits of the dead could return to the earth.


From Irish, from Old Irish Samain ("Halloween"), from Proto-Celtic *samoni(o)s (compare Gaulish samoni-), either from Proto-Indo-European *sam 'together' (saman ("together"), Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌰 (samana, "together, in common"), Sanskrit समन (samaná, "together"), सम् (sám, "with"), Avestan  (ha(m), "together")), or alternatively from Proto-Celtic *samo- (“summer”) (compare Old Irish sam ("summer"), Welsh haf ("summer")). (Wiktionary)



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