When I was younger, I celebrated October 31 as Halloween. The holiday has its origin as Samhaim (pronounced Sow-en) meaning, “Summer’s End.”
Years later, when I was invited by a group of New York City Celts for a party on October 31, I was greeted at the door with the welcome, “Happy New Year!”
Belfast-born musician, Van Morrison, sings about Celtic New Year in his 2005 album, Magic Time.
“If I don’t see you through the week
See you through the window
See you the next time we’re talking on the telephone
And if I don’t see you in that Indian summer
Then I want to see you further up the road
I said, oh won’t you come back?
I have to see you my dear
Won’t you come back in the Celtic New Year?
In the Celtic New Year…”
Happy New Year to all.