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Beltane

Have a blessed Beltane and May Day.

A Year And A Day

Beltaine, Bealtaine, May Day, May Eve, Lady Day, Roodmas, Walpurgis Night

April 30th-May 1st

Beltane is a spring celebration that honors the fertility of the earth.  It’s a time of lust, passion, sex, fire, and abundance.

  • Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (Spring) equinox and the Midsummer (Summer Solstice). A cross-quarter festival.  Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer.
  • The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer.  Hence, the Summer Solstice on June 21 was Midsummer.
  • Beltane translated means “fire of Bel” or “bright fire” – the “bale-fire”.  Bel (Beli, Belinus, Belenos) is the known as the bright and shinning one, a Celtic Sun God.
  • Old Irish Beltaine/Beltine, Modern Irish Bealtaine, Scottish Gaelic Bealltainn.  The Gaelic name for the month of May.
  • Incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as…

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