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Celebrating Beltane, the Gaelic May Day Festival

May 1

Woman dancing joyfully in front of a bonfire during a Beltane celebration

Beltane, also known as May Eve, is a pagan holiday that is traditionally celebrated on May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a festival of fertility, abundance, and new beginnings, marking the beginning of summer and the time of year when the natural world is bursting with life and energy.

In pagan and Wiccan traditions, Beltane is a time for celebrating the abundance of the earth and the life-giving powers of the sun. It is a time for honoring the sacred union of the god and goddess, as well as the union of male and female energies, which are seen as essential for fertility and growth.

Beltane celebrations often involve dancing around the maypole, a tall pole adorned with ribbons and flowers that is a symbol of fertility and growth. The festivities also include bonfires, feasting, and rituals to honor the spirits of nature and the elements.

For many people, Beltane is a time of joy and celebration, a time to connect with the natural world and honor the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. It is seen as a time to set intentions for the coming months and to celebrate the abundance and beauty of the earth.


May 1
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