Beltane

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Bel·tane

 (bĕl′tān, -tən)
n.
An ancient Celtic feast, usually observed on May 1, marked by the lighting of bonfires and the performance of various rites of purification.

[Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

Beltane

(ˈbɛlteɪn; -tən)
n
(European Myth & Legend) an ancient Celtic festival with a sacrificial bonfire on May Day. It is also celebrated by modern pagans
[C15: from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn]

Beltane

An ancient Celtic festival held on May 1 at which ritual bonfires were lit and purification rites were carried out.
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Of course, such would need to be followed up with the branding and packaging of Wales' strong and varied Celtic identity and I would suggest that such could be done in any number of ways such as via emphasis on our Celtic ancestry and Celtic archaeological remains and by indication of the Celtic roots of our shared history, myth and music and an initiative that would revive our ancient Celtic fire festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltain and Lughnasadh.
Ranger Julian Brown will be leading a walk there on Thursday, May 1, to mark Beltain - the name the Celts gave to their celebration of the beginning of summer.
History, archaeology, Celtic mythology, and radiocarbon analysis showed that probably: (1) He was called Livornos, from the Gaelic for fox; (2) He had been a high-ranking Druid priest; (3) From a bag of ritual cakes, he had drawn the one which had been specially branded with a scorch mark, and then eaten it; (4) He had been sacrificed on the Prosperity feast of Beltain, May 1, A.