Galicians are highly superstitious people, very proud of what is ours and quite distrustful. Like other peoples of the north, we preserve a cultural heritage composed of different traditions, legends and myths forged throughout history.

One of the traditions that has been preserved over the years is the Samaín. In this post we want to bring you closer to the Celtic world and tell you a little bit about the origin of this festivity, known nowadays as Halloween. Read on and let’s get started!

Celts, Galicians and myths

Heir of the Celts and their descendant tribes, nowadays Galicia preserves in its own mythology an infinity of Celtic elements, traditions and legends. Within the Galician mythology, there are inherited festivities such as Samaín, popularly known as Halloween, or Beltane. Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season for the Celts.

In addition, we have also preserved many Celtic symbols that still have a special meaning and character within the Galician culture. They stand out for example the trisquel, the trisqueta, the Celtic cross or the tree of life.

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Mythological beings

Galicia shares with its Celtic ancestor different deities and mythological beings. Among the Galician mythological characters par excellence, the meigas, the bruxas, the goblins, the mouras or the Santa Compaña stand out. Unlike what many people usually think, a meiga is a mythological being of light that does good and protects other beings from the bruxas, which would be the evil witches. For its part, the Santa Compaña is one of the most famous legends of Galician culture, sure you know it, right?

Legend of the Santa Compaña