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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Beltane, also spelled Beltine or Beltaine, gets its name as well from the Gaelic word "teine," meaning fire.
As Andrews states, "Lughnasa is traditionally associated with sexual awakening, rebirth, continuance and it is significant that the date, 1 August, is exactly nine months, the normal period of gestation, before the great feast of Beltaine which celebrated the beginning of summer.
LANCASTER - Celtic harpist Aine Minogue will be celebrating May Day with traditional Beltaine music, poetry, tales and songs at a benefit concert presented by the Friends of the Lancaster Seniors May 18.
CASTLE HILL ranger Julian Brown is inviting people to join him on a Beltaine Beckons Walk on Saturday, May 1 - to welcome the start of spring.
Tambien el pueblo vetton, como pueblo celtico que era, utilizaba las estrellas clasicas para la fijacion de las cuatro grandes fiestas celebradas en cada una de las estaciones: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine y Lughnasad, que recordemos eran determinadas con el orto heliaco de las estrellas Antares, Aldebaran, Sirio y Capella.
Since ancient times, people have welcomed spring and all her edible gifts with the celebration of Beltaine on the first of May.