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Beltane

Beltane is the Celtic name for the first day of May, which divided the ancient Celtic year in half. It was believed that each day began with the setting of the sun the night before, so Beltane was celebrated by lighting bonfires to honor the sun god. Contact with the fire was symbolic of contact with the life-giving sun. The day is still observed in parts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, with most of the celebrations revolving around fire and reflecting ancient fertility rites. More...
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Beltane
Beltane is the Celtic name for the first day of May, which divided the ancient Celtic year in half. It was believed that each day began with the setting of the sun the night before, so Beltane was celebrated by lighting bonfires to honor the sun god. Contact with the fire was symbolic of contact with the life-giving sun. The day is still observed in parts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, with most of the celebrations revolving around fire and reflecting ancient fertility rites.
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The beltane fire festival Edinburgh



"Then, out of thin air, a woman clad in white set the entire scene ablaze, lighting a 20 foot high symbolic shrubs on fire. This was the entrance of the May Queen. She was closely followed by four other regal maids-in-waiting clad in white who humbly waded through the crowd. At this point, the crowd was silent and still, as if put in a trance by these angelic figures."
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