Today is Bealtaine. Bealtaine is a Celtic festival and falls about halfway between the spring equinox and the coming summer solstice. This holiday celebrates spring at its peak, and the coming summer.

Bealtaine is also known by the name May Day.

This holiday is associated very strongly with fertility for pagans.

Ways to celebrate include dancing around a maypole or bonfire, creating flower wreaths or making flower baskets.

Interesting Fact: Bealtaine means ‘fires of Bel’-Bel was a Celtic deity who was the son of sun & fire.

In Irish mythology, the beginning of the summer season started with the Fire Festival at Bealtaine. Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition, welcoming the season in the hope of a good harvest later in the year.

These were accompanied by rituals to protect the people from any harm by non-wordly spirits.

At the Beltany Stone Circle in the North West of Ireland, the sunrise at Beltane is aligned with the only decorated stone in the circle.

This Beltany Stone Circle gets its name from Bealtaine which is associated with the lighting of hilltop fires in a rekindling of the sun.

Picture by Ken Williams– Sunrise at Bealtaine

Check out these fab Bealtaine festivals that are happening around the country this May:

The Bealtaine Fire Festival 11th May

Age & Opportunity Bealtaine Festival All throughout May 2024

Bealtaine Festival Galway May 1st-31st

Whatever you are doing-we wish you Bealtaine Blessings!