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Samhain: Before Halloween Was Famous!

written by: Tomatoman
 
This is a quiz about the Celtic holiday of Samhain.

Question 1:


Samhain is generally regarded as 'The Celtic New Year'.
True
False

Question 2:


In Ireland and Scotland the Féile na Marbh traditionally took place at Samhain. What does "Féile na Marbh" mean?
Festival of the dead
Festival of fire
Festival of the dark
Harvest festival

Question 3:


In modern Ireland and Scotland some areas still have the tradition of setting a place for the dead at Samhain.
False
True

Question 4:


In parts of Western Brittany, in France, cakes called "kornigou" are baked at Samhain. What natural shape are the cakes baked in?
Coffins
Broomsticks
Crucifixes
Antlers

Question 5:


The Irish word 'Samhain' is derived from which Old Irish word?
Samain
All of these
Samuin
Samfuin

Question 6:


Samhain was a time of bonfire rituals, what was the traditional number of bonfires built for a Samhain ceremony?
3
4
2
1

Question 7:


Samhain was a time when the future was divined for the forthcoming year. Which of the following was not commonly used to divine the future at these times?
Nuts
Crows
Apples
Ouija board

Question 8:


Samhain is one of the eight annual Sabbats (holidays) of Wiccans and is a celebration of darkness and death. Wiccans have a festival at the beginning of the Summer season to celebrate life and fertility, what is its name?
Mabon
Beltaine
Ostara
Imbolc

Question 9:


Sam Hain was the name of a character in the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters
True
False

Question 10:


The word 'bonfire' comes from the tradition of cooking meat on open fires during the Samhain ceremony.
False
True

 


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