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Inspector de specialitate
Biletul nr. 1

Read the following text and answer the questions:

Samhain was the end of the Celtic year, and like all good new-year’s-eves, a good
excuse for a party. However, this was more than just a good time together. It was of
major importance to the Celts. Samhain marked the end of summer and the start of the
cold, dark winter and was a day when the druidic priests of the Celts believed that the
dead could come back to the earth and cause trouble for the living. To counter this, the
druids built large, sacred fires to chase away the dead. It was also believed that if you lit a
new fire in your house, from the embers of the sacred fire, no evil could enter your house,
while the fire stayed lit. When the Romans invaded the British Isles, they added their own
customs and traditions to those of the Celts.

1) What did Samhain mark?

2) What did the druids believe?
3) What did the druids build?
4) What could the fire do?