Apart from the 'Ritual of Protection' which is performed monthly, the Druids also mark the various festival and feast days of the old Celtic calendar, including the Summer Solstice, Samhain and Imbolc. The next three photos and the photo above were taken on the Samhain celebration 2006 on the Hill of Tara. Samhain was the original 'New Year' of the Celtic calendar. On this night in Celtic Ireland, every house fire was put out to symbolise the death of the old year and a new flame was lit by the Druids to symbolise the birth of the new year, this 'pure flame' was then used to light a new fire in each house. This marked a new 'spiritual' beginning and the passing of the old and the negative from the previous year. Even today, people are invited to take a burning ember from the new flame, lit on the Hill of Ward (Tlaghacta) and brought to the Hill of Tara, to bring the new 'pure flame' home.