Beltane, the third of the four Celtic fire festivals, is the start of the light or "samos" half of the year. It starts now at dusk on the 30th of April and continues through May 1st. For the ancient Celts though, this was a holiday that depended on nature for it's beginning. Traditionally, it was celebrated when the Hawthorn trees began to bloom.
Traditions such as the Maypole dances wearing of bells (to frighten the mischievous fairy folk which in Celtic lands were not considered friendly), dousing all fires in the community to be re-lit from the sacred fires, passing between or over fires, or through the smoke for purification are derived. Sexuality was expressive and performed in honor of the God and Goddess. Today, Beltane is commonly known and celebrated as “May day” and the dance of the maypole still observed in many European cultures and the United States. While at Alban Eilir the young couple's love was platonic, by Beltane they have grown to know the pleasures of sexuality. The festival is one which celebrates union.
Beltane was the time of sensuality revitalized, the reawakening of the earth and all of her children. It was the time when tribal people celebrated with joy the vivid colors and vibrant scents of the season, tingling summer breezes, and the rapture of summer after a long dormant winter. It was customary that Handfastings, for a year and a day, take place at this time.
Come share the evening with discussion of the significance of Beltaine and enjoy a feast of ceremonial foods, poetry and music. Dress as you feel celebrates the season...have fun with it! (Druids should wear their ceremonial whites).
The cost of the evening is $20.00. Payments can be made at the door.
If cost is an issue, please contact Dr. Ayleen or Kyna.