'Tis the merry merry month of May!
Beltane is the Gaelic name for the month of May - a word that comes from the Celtic 'bright fire'.
It's always been thought of as the first day of spring - but actually its really the first day of summer, Beltane marks the start of the summer as it is half way between the spring equinox and the mid-summer solstice. Oh well. In the past it marked the day when cattle and sheep were driven out to summer pasture - so huzzah maybe we can turn the horses out to grass at last! Not that there is much grass. No rain to help it grow, which will mean no hay for next winter :-(
There has always been tradition of lighting bonfires, dancing round Maypoles, well having a darn good bunfight really. We did that on Friday as part of the Royal Wedding Celebration - so its all part of the same rejoicing and feeling of 'Yay Get up and Go' - bit of sunshne and blue sky and an excuse to have party does you a world of good eh?
Brightest Blessings for Beltane!
Posted by Helen Hollick