Winter Solstice or Yuletide is one of the four main quarterly festivals in the Wheel of the Year (Pagan calendar). It takes place around the 21st/22nd December, which is known as the first day of winter. This holiday is also known as Midwinter because we have reached the point of the year where darkness reigns. This day consists of the shortest amount of sunlight during the day and the longest amount of dark hours during the night.
Samhain (pronounced Sowen) or Halloween is one of the four cross-quarterly festivals in the Wheel of the Year (Pagan calendar). It takes place on the 31st October (but can last until 2nd November) and marks the last of three harvest festivals, the other two being Lammas and Mabon. This day is also known as All Hallow’s Eve, The Feast of the Dead or the Witch’s New Year.