Barmbrack is a traditional Irish sweetened bread reserved for important days and holidays, particularly Halloween.
Historically, Halloween is based on the Celtic festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. Samhain is an old Gaelic word that translates as 'the end of summer.' It marks the end of the harvest season. At that time, winter was a symbol of death, and the Celtic people believed that on Oct. 31, the veil that separated the living and the dead was at its thinnest. Halloween is also known as All Halloween. Halloween's Eve is celebrated in many countries on Oct. 31 every year.