Samhain marked the beginning of the Celtic new year. This was the night that the old God died, returning to the Land of the Dead to await rebirth. It is believed that the veil between the land of the dead and the land of the living is the thinnest on this night, and that the spirits of our departed loved ones walk the earth. Because of this the feeding of the dead is a longspread practice. Food is left out for these spirit travelers as well as candles to help guide their way.