What is the meaning behind Beltane? Beltane is a Celtic word, meaning “the fires of Bel.” Bel, likely referred to the Celtic sun god, Belenus. The Celts used to light two bonfires because they believed it would purify themselves, as well as increase their fertility.
What is Samhain a celebration of? It is the celebration that is the origin of Halloween. Samhain was first observed by Celtic Pagans. Samhain marked the Celtic New Year, the end of summer, and the end of the harvest season. It also signaled the beginning of winter, which they associated with death.
Is Beltane Gaelic or Celtic? Beltane is one of four seasonal festivals with which the Celtic people of Great Britain and Ireland marked important milestones in the passage of the year.
Is Halloween a Beltane?
|Celebrations||Bonfires guising or mumming divination feasting|
|Date||31st of October–1st of November (or 1 May for Neopagans in the S hemisphere)|