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The ancient Celtic calendar follows the agricultural year more closely than our modern calendar. This is especially true for the beekeeper.
It “officially” becomes Winter on December 21st by the standard Western calendar, but in the ancient Celtic calendar, it begins a lot earlier. On November 1st, Celtic winter begins with the season of Samhain (pronounced SOW-in). The beginning of Samhain is traditionally celebrated on October 31st.
The Celtic seasons are:
1. Samhain (Winter) November 1st, the beginning of the new year, to January 31st.
2. Imbolc (Spring) February 1st to April 30th
3. Beltain (Summer) May 1st to July 31st
4. Lughnasadh (Fall) August 1st to Oct. 31st
Why does the Celtic Winter start so early?
For beekeepers, it means that the queen stops laying and the bees go into their winter cluster with the queen always at the center, huddling together for warmth until…
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4 thoughts on “Samhain And The Bees”
A very interesting article. I would never have guessed the pronunciation of ‘Samhain’!
🙂 I knew it was worthy of a share
I kept pronouncing it Sam-hane. Oops.
🙂 it was a re-blog from another I thought was worthy of SHARING lol I am not so good at working out some words either 🙂
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