What is Beltane and how do you celebrate it? May 1, 2019 – Beltane
Beltane is a Pagan holiday, and one of the eight Sabbats. It falls about halfway between the spring equinox (Ostara) and the coming summer solstice, Litha. The holiday celebrates spring at its peak, and the coming summer. Beltane also sometimes goes by the name May Day.
What can you do to celebrate Beltane?
- Set Up an Alter. Set up a Beltane altar and fill it with the symbols of this special season.
- Have a Bonfire.
- Gather Flowers.
- Wear a Flower Crown or Garland.
- Dress in Green.
- Perform a Goddess Ritual.
- Make Your Own Maypole.
- Prepare a May Basket.
How do Druids celebrate Beltane?
|Significance||Beginning of summer|
|Celebrations||lighting bonfires, decorating homes with May flowers, making May bushes, visiting holy wells, feasting|
|Date||1 May (or 1 November in the S. Hemisphere)|
What is the Beltane ritual? Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.