Beltane

Mary Queen of Heaven

It is May 1 and as a Roman Catholic May is the month of Mary and interestingly it is also the Gaelic festival that marks the beginning of summer; summer the fertile months of the year where the grains grows.  I find it very interesting.

Beltane ( /ˈbɛlteɪn/) is the anglicised spelling of the Goidelic name for either the month of May or the festival held on the first day of May.

Beltane was an ancient Gaelic festival celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It marked the beginning of summer and was linked to similar festivals held elsewhere in Europe, such as the Welsh Calan Mai and the Germanic Walpurgis Night. Beltane and Samhain were the leading terminal dates of the civil year in medieval Ireland, though the latter festival was the more important.

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