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Beltane

Beltane

Beltane is a traditional Celtic festival that celebrates the beginning of summer, usually held on May 1st. It marks the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and is associated with fertility, growth, and the renewal of life.

In ancient times, Beltane was one of four major festivals in the Celtic calendar and was celebrated by the Gaelic people of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. It was a time for people to come together to celebrate the changing of the seasons and to honour the gods and goddesses associated with fertility and abundance.

The name Beltane comes from the Gaelic “Bealtaine,” which means “bright fire” or “Bel’s fire,” referring to the Celtic god Belenus. Bonfires were a central part of the celebrations, and people would dance around the flames, sometimes jumping over them, to symbolize purification, protection, and fertility.

Other traditional Beltane activities included decorating homes and public spaces with flowers and greenery, feasting on seasonal foods like honey and milk, and performing rituals to honour the spirits of the land and the ancestors.

Today, Beltane is still celebrated by many modern Pagans and Wiccans as a time to connect with nature, celebrate the cycles of life, and honour the divine feminine and masculine energies that bring balance and harmony to the world.

Celebrate the return of summer #Beltane

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}  May 01, 2024
  Wednesday, 03:12 pm to 03:12 pm
n  History, Religion, World Events

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