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The Celtic New Year isThe Celtic New Year is actually Samhain, better known now as Hallowe'en or the evening before All Hallows. Samhain marks the death of Summer and the birth of Winter, as the Celts divided their annual cycle into halves as well as quarters and cross-quarters, the two halves being Summer and Winter. As for Imbolc, it marks the first stirrings of Spring, but remains a seasonal Winter festival (the last one prior to the Spring Equinox). Ostara or the Vernal/Spring Equinox is the first Spring festival, and May Day or Beltane is the first day of the Summer season, with the Summer Solstice being the middle or high point of the Summertime, when the Suns' energy reaches its' zenith and begins waning, with the days growing shorter and the trek moving back into Autumn, toward Winter. To clarify this, one could view Imbolc as either a Winter or Spring festival, or both. It takes place when the Winter is still on us, but it marks the first stages of Spring, based upon the agrarian events taking place around that time, such as the lambing season, preparing for the Spring ploughing, etc. And before I get chastised again, these are, indeed, the astronomical designations of the seasons, marked by the position of the Earth in its' annual cyclical orbit in relation to the Sun... and yes, it is scientific. The local weather is another matter entirely, and is not necessarily effected by the astronomical progression of Earth and Sun.

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