May 1, 2010

Celtic Festival of Beltaine

©Cindy Thomson
Happy May Day! The Celtic calendar is divided by four major seasons. Beltaine is May 1 and was celebrated with large bonfires, welcoming the beginning of summer, the light half of the year. (The opposite is Samhain, Nov. 1, welcoming the dark half of the year.)

Welcoming summer sounds like a great idea right now! While the Celtic holidays were pre-Christian, they were still celebrated by the early Christians who gave them Christian meanings. To celebrate the seasons is to celebrate the God who created the light and the dark, the sun and the moon, and all of nature.

Have a great weekend!