Samhuinn falls on the 31st of October and is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, generally regarded as 'The Celtic New Year'. The night of Samhuinn was considered to be a 'night of the dead', when the walls between reality and the spirit realm were particularly thin — leading to the Hallowe'en celebrations that we are familiar with today.

Groups involved in the Beltane Fire Society's Samhuinn event include:

  • Summer court
    • Summer King/Green Man
    • Summer dancers
    • Red men
    • Jesters
    • Summer musicians + Beasties
  • Winter Court
    • Winter King/Horned God
    • Wild hunt
    • Winter drummers (bummers/badgers)
    • Ice maidens
  • Caillach
  • Blue men
  • Nightwatch (Torchies & Stewards)
  • Production
  • Bucketeers/busks
  • Photo point