What do you eat at Beltane?
- Animal Products. Livestock, like cows and goats, were commonly featured during Beltane festivities, which means they’d act as a perfect main course for your feast.
- Oatcakes. Bannock, a Scottish oat cake, is a popular dish for Beltane.
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.
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 do you do for Beltane? Each person (usually women and girls) will grab a hold of their own ribbon, and dance around the pole in a special way, so as to weave the ribbons into a specific pattern. This is one of the more common fertility rituals that might take place on this day.