Beltane is a Celtic holiday still celebrated in many parts of the world. Here is what is happening in Edinburgh and at Glastonbury. I’ve danced round a May Pole at Society for Creative Anachonism (SCA) events, and sat around fires with friends in celebration of the day. Remember when we used to make May Baskets and fill them with flowers to hang on neighbor’s door knobs? Yes, it’s a fertility festival, but fertility also means creativity in general — writing, painting, gardening, sewing, whatever. It is also a traditional time for cleaning house, with the idea of making way for new things to come.
We are celebrating Beltane with the fire and with the cleaning. We are having a yard sale on Saturday, so are cleaning out things and getting ready for that. I have been trimming back the berry bushes along the driveway (to make more room for the sale). Our son asked if we would be building a fire, I made the mental connection to all those berry bush trimmings, and last night my husband built us a fire pit! So tonight we will be jumping over our fire and celebrating the day.