When Fires Burn for Beltane

On the eve of Beltane, what we now consider May Day, the Celts built large fires.

These fires were fed with the nine sacred woods to honor the coming of summer, such as the branches of rowan, apple, dogwood, poplar, juniper, cedar, pine, holly and oak. Some use alder, ash, birch, hazel, and willow. 

Animals were then herded between the two blazing bonfires in order to purify and protect them in the upcoming year. It is also said that these fires celebrated the return of life and fruitfulness to the earth after the long winter months, especially in the Highlands of old Scotland.

Besides leading their cows and sheep between huge bonfires to bless them with fertility, the annual celebration included joyous dancing, beverage-downing, traipsing across the countryside, a sensuous ballet around the Maypole by young maidens, and leaping over fires by young warriors. It was customary for young lovers to spend the night in the forest. 

Hmmm…how many new bairns were born each winter following this annual May Day celebration? Have a lovely Beltane, and check out my latest release.

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Celebrate Beltane and Beverage Day!

Lift a mug of Gaelic Ale
Lift a mug of Gaelic Ale

Annually celebrated on May 6, Beverage Day is a day to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite beverage. Whether your favorite drink is hot, cold, shaken, blended, alcoholic, nonalcoholic, sour, sweet smooth, dry, freshly squeezed, frozen, etc., everyone gets to celebrate their favorite beverage. Have a fun day and if your beverage contains alcohol, remember to drink sensibly.

As you imbibe, celebrate Beltane (also called Bealtaine or Bealltainn), what the Gaelic communities call May Day. Usually held the evening of April 30th, but sometimes on May 1st, they celebrate the approach of the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Stories are shared, and a bonfire blazes. Dancing commences, and many believe spirits join in the fun. Wherever there is dancing, there are beverages, so enjoy!

Nancy Lee Badger

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Chai Tea...one of my favorites
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