night being a preparation for the day, has its parallel also in Irish cosmology
where the year starts with winter. Halloween is the commencement of the year, a
time of preparation for the activity of spring and summer.
then, is a time of preparation. It is
for this reason, that in the Irish tradition, the day starts with the evening
before. It is why we have Xmas eve, and Halloween (the evening of All
Hallows). It is why the bean a tí was expected to have all her work done
in the evening and the kitchen in readiness for the next day.