What are the traditions of Beltane? Rituals were performed to protect cattle, people and crops, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, whose flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around or between bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers.
What does Beltane symbolize? Beltane is a Celtic word which means ‘fires of Bel‘ (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.
How is Bealtaine celebrated? Bealtaine Rituals
Both people and cattle would walk around the bonfire or between two bonfires, sometimes even jumping over flames, to gain protection, health and wealth. Household fires would be put out and then re-lit using flames from the central bonfire.
What is a Beltane feast? Beltane festivals and celebrations would be accompanied by feasts of food and drink. Food offerings from the feasts would be made to the fairies or elves in Celtic cultures. Doors, windows, barns and livestock would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they were reminiscent of fire.