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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