Samhain 2017


When is Samhain 2017?

Samhain 2017 starts on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (in 159 days) and ends on Wednesday, November 1st 2017 (in 160 days).  2017 Calendar

What is Samhain?

Special bonfires are often lit during Samhain. Photo: flickr.com/photos/grahammitchellphotography/4081348856/Special bonfires are often lit during Samhain
Samhain is ancient Celtic seasonal festival to mark the end of the harvest and to remember the dead that is celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1. It is held at the time of year when the boundary between this world and the world of the dead is considered to be at its thinnest and can most easily be crossed, and the souls of the dead return to the world of the living for one night to revisit their homes and seek hospitality. It is thus related to (and conincides with) the Christian celebrations of Hallowtide: Halloween (All Saints' Eve) on October 31, All Saints' Day on November 1 and All Souls' Day on November 2. It also coincides with the Mexican festival Day of the Dead.

Samhain is a precursor to the modern-day Halloween festival, and many Samhain customs and traditions survive in Halloween, for example going from door to door in disguise (or in costume) to ask for food in exchange for praying for the dead.

When is Samhain 2018?

Samhain 2018 starts on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (in 524 days) and ends on Thursday, November 1st 2018 (in 525 days).  2018 Calendar

Dates for Samhain from 2010 to 2025

The next occurrence of Samhain is marked in red.

Year Samhain starts on Samhain ends on
Samhain 2010      Sunday, October 31, 2010      Monday, November 1, 2010
Samhain 2011      Monday, October 31, 2011      Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Samhain 2012      Wednesday, October 31, 2012      Thursday, November 1, 2012
Samhain 2013      Thursday, October 31, 2013      Friday, November 1, 2013
Samhain 2014      Friday, October 31, 2014      Saturday, November 1, 2014
Samhain 2015      Saturday, October 31, 2015      Sunday, November 1, 2015
Samhain 2016      Monday, October 31, 2016      Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Samhain 2017      Tuesday, October 31, 2017      Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Samhain 2018      Wednesday, October 31, 2018      Thursday, November 1, 2018
Samhain 2019      Thursday, October 31, 2019      Friday, November 1, 2019
Samhain 2020      Saturday, October 31, 2020      Sunday, November 1, 2020
Samhain 2021      Sunday, October 31, 2021      Monday, November 1, 2021
Samhain 2022      Monday, October 31, 2022      Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Samhain 2023      Tuesday, October 31, 2023      Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Samhain 2024      Thursday, October 31, 2024      Friday, November 1, 2024
Samhain 2025      Friday, October 31, 2025      Saturday, November 1, 2025
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