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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'.
False
True

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

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?
Crows
Apples
Nuts
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?
Ostara
Imbolc
Mabon
Beltaine

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

 


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