Sometimes the cattle and other livestock would be driven between the fires, as well.Divination is a common folkloric practice that has also survived in rural areas.The most common uses were to determine the identity of one's future spouse, the location of one's future home, and how many children a person might have.Seasonal foods such as apples and nuts were often employed in these rituals.In the pre-Christian Gaelic world, cattle were the primary unit of currency and the center of agricultural and pastoral life.Samhain was the traditional time for slaughter, for preparing stores of meat and grain to last through the coming winter.
The lunations marking the middle of each half-year may also have been marked by specific festivals.
Thus, while evidence such as folklore and ancient sagas may suggest certain associations with Samhain, these all are observed in a Christian context.
There is absolutely no evidence as to whether and how this time might have been observed in any pre-Christian culture.
solstice and equinox, so the mid-summer festival would fall considerably later than summer solstice, around (Lughnasadh).
It appears that the calendar was designed to align the lunations with the agricultural cycle of vegetation, and that the exact astronomical position of the Sun at that time was considered less important.