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Hallowe'en was Celtic New Year

The ancient Celtic peoples of north-west Europe celebrated New Year around the start of November.

As Christianity spread in the Celtic lands during the ninth century, the Celtic festival was used as a base for a new Christian Holy day. So 1 November was made All saints' day, or All Hallows.

One hundred and fifty years later, the Christian Church chose 2 November as All Souls' Day. On All Souls' Day Christians remember those who have died and pray that their souls may enter Heaven.

Despite the Christian Church's efforts, Celtic tradition continued in a festival that became known as Hallowe'en. This is held on 31 October, the evening of All Hallows.

Is the suffix -e'en meant evening? Like that in Christmas Eve?
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