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May Day celebrations go back hundreds of years in agricultural societies. Beltane, celebrated on May 1, is one of the fire festivals, and is a day of flowers, fertility, dancing, bonfires and general merrymaking. Learn about the history of Beltane, as well as some fun crafts, fire-focused rituals, and other celebrations of the season.
As spring arrives, the birds begin nesting and returning to our lives.
Fertility of the soil is one of the main focuses at Beltane, and cultures have performed fertility rites for thousands of year each spring.
Beltane celebrates the fertility of spring and the greening of the earth. When is Beltane 2009?
May 1 is known as May Day to many people, but for a lot of Practitioners it's Beltane. It's a day to celebrate fertility, fire, and abundance.
Beltane has been celebrated for centuries among agricultural societies -- it's the beginning of May, the sign that summer is just around the corner. This fire festival has its roots in fertility rituals that can be traced back to Greco-Roman religions.
Okay, so we know that Beltane is a fertility festival……..
The tradition of the Maypole Dance has been around for a long time -- it's a celebration of the fertility of the season.
Beltane is a time of fire and fertility. Combine the passion of a roaring bonfire with the love of the May Queen and the God of the Forest.
Some parents may not be comfortable with the phallic fertility images so often found at Beltane.
When spring arrives, we can see the fertility of the earth in full bloom. For many traditions, this brings the opportunity to celebrate the sacred feminine energy of the universe
Long before the medieval peasantry of the British Isles erected their Maypoles, the ancient Romans were partying hard in honor of Flora, their spring fertility goddess. She had her very own festival, called Floralia, and there was all kinds of merrymaking going on!
In rural English villages, Morris dancing and Mummer's plays are popular around the Beltane season.
Beltane has been a time of fertility celebration for thousands of years, in innumerable cultures. .
There are a lot of myths and folklore surrounding May Day, or Beltane
Some people believe that the Fae are most active around the time of Beltane
In some Practitioner traditions, the battle for dominance is not between an Oak King and a Holly King, but in fact between the May Queen and the Queen of Winter. Learn about the cycle of the triple goddess, and her aspects as Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
During the nineteenth century, it became popular to send someone a message using only flowers. Each one had its own symbolism, so the type of flower you sent was very important.