Today (May 1) is Bealtaine; happy first day of summer to you all! But, what exactly is Beltaine?
A short perusal of online resources about Bealtaine quickly conflates every “fire festival” tradition together in an unfortunate mish-mash. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I do like to know the difference between one festival and another and the later Christian traditions that have come to replace them. So, here’s a summary of what Bealtaine is really be about in an Irish context. Read the rest of this entry »