Beltane – Day 22

Beltane Customs and Folklore [Part 1]

Beltane is a time of year rich in tradition and customs. The May Day season has been marked for hundreds of years, and has been a season that agricultural communities often saw as a time of celebration. Learn about the traditions and folklore associated with this mid-spring holiday.

1.  Beltane History

Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 (in the northern hemisphere) with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human sacrifice. More »

By Patti Wigington

Beltane – Day 4

Beltane History – Celebrating May Day

The Fires of Tara:

Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human sacrifice. Cattle were driven through the smoke of the balefires, and blessed with health and fertility for the coming year.

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