Beltane is the beginning of the light season of the year.
May Day is a fire festival, honouring the sun, the fertility it brings to the land and a celebration of union.
'The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community.' The Goddess&Green Man
This was the beginning of 'merry month' where people dressed in green to honour the earths immersing colour and potent energy.
The 'need-fire' was a sacred and was traditionally leaped over to bring fertility, healing and transformation. On May eve, people would hang ribbons in hawthorn threes and it would be known to sleep by a well as they were said to be especially healing at this time. On May morning, people danced around the May Pole, a symbol of the union of male and female energy (pole = male and the ribbons= female).
⋒ Fire is at the heart of this celebration. Light candles or create a bonfire. It was traditional to light bonfires and leap through the flames for luck.
⋒ Get creative and make a crown of greenery. Green honours earths new colour and the spirit of the natural world.
⋒ Washing your face with morning dew on Beltane was said to create a beautiful complexion for the rest of the year.
⋒ Spending time outside.
⋒ Lighting candles or making a bonfire to honour the sun and it's growing power.
⋒ Gathering flowers to make garlands, wreaths or crowns.