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The custom has survived to some extent, and recent years have seen a resurgence in participation in the festival.
Samhain was identified in Celtic literature as the beginning of the Celtic year and its description as "Celtic New Year" was popularised in 18th century literature From this usage in the Romanticist Celtic Revival, Samhain is still popularly regarded as the "Celtic New Year" in the contemporary Celtic cultures, both in the Six Celtic Nations and the diaspora.
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.
solstice and equinox, so the mid-summer festival would fall considerably later than summer solstice, around (Lughnasadh).
Seasonal foods such as apples and nuts were often employed in these rituals.
Sometimes the cattle and other livestock would be driven between the fires, as well.
Divination is a common folkloric practice that has also survived in rural areas.
"end") is a festival on the end of the harvest season in Gaelic and Brythonic cultures, with aspects of a festival of the dead.
Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year.