The Celtic Festival of Beltane

There are four significant seasonal festivals in the Celtic calendar and all centre around important times in nature and farming, heralding the beginning of new seasons and new activities.

They are Imbolc (February), Beltane or Beltene (May), Lughnasadh (August) and Samhain (October).

Beltane is the Celtic May Day festival celebrated on the first of May. It was considered an important festival in the Celtic calendar; a time for welcoming the warmth of the summer sun and the imminent ripening of the crops. It falls halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Rituals were traditionally performed to protect livestock as they were sent back out into the fields and to encourage abundant crops after the cold weather of the winter. Bonfires were lit and flowers were often used to decorate doorways.

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