About Beltane

The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the words “Bel”, the name of a Celtic God which means ‘the bright one’, and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ which means fire. Combined they mean ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and the festival of Beltane (April 30th – May 1st) was traditionally celebrated by the lighting of bonfires honouring the Sun and Bel and encouraging them in nurturing the emerging future harvest and protecting the community. This time of year honours life and represents the peak of spring and the beginning of summer when fertility is abundant.