Beltane

Beltane is also known as: May Day, Calan Mai (Welsh - First day of May) also related to Walpurgis Night.

Most commonly held on 01 May

What is Beltane?

Beltane marks the beginning of Summer occuring half-way between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In pastoral life it is traditionally the time when livestock held at the farmstead since last Samhain are driven back out to the summer pastures. A tradition that some farmers still uphold today.
Beltane is a festival of life. The fertility that was dramatically rising at the Spring Equinox now reaches its peak. The potential becomes conception and manifests itself in the abundent growth of all around.
The crowning of a 'May Queen & King' and the tradition of dancing around a 'Maypole' are May-day celebrations symbolic of fertility .
Beltane along with Samhain are the two biggest fire festivals of the year.

The Moon at Beltane

The Moon in May was traditionally called the 'Mother's Moon' illustrating the peak of fertility at this time and temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young.
It was also known as the 'Bright Moon' as it was believed that the Moon did appear brighter in May, possibly due to predominant atmospheric effects.
Bright Moon at Beltane
Beltane May Pole Dancing

Historical Context of Beltane

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