Sunday Service: Beltane

Celtic Calendar Art

Beltane is the old Celtic holiday to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Traditionally celebrated sometime in the month of May, it is now said to be celebrated on May 1st.

Beltane is one of the 4 cross-quarter celebrations of the Celtic year. A cross-quarter celebration occurs midway between an equinox and a solstice.

Imbolc, or Candlemas or Groundhogs Day, celebrated on February 2nd, marks the beginning of Spring

Beltane or May Day, celebrated on May 1, marks the beginning of Summer

Lammas, celebrated on August 2, marks the Harvest and the beginning of Fall and

Samhein or Halloween or All Saints Day or Day of the Dead, celebrated October 30-November 2, marks the beginning of Winter.

Whether or not you celebrate these holidays, I think it is important to remember the rituals and the ways of the past. Of course, these are holidays that were probably important to some of my ancestors and your ancestors may have had different rituals and celebrations. What do you know about the rituals of your ancestors, before modern times? Tell me in the comments.

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