“Hooray, hooray, it’s the first of May!” I’m sure you know the rest of this traditional ditty, but did you know it’s tradition is rooted in Celtic history? The two greatest festivals of the Celtic solar year are Samhain (1 Nov), a celebration of death, and Beltane (1 May), a celebration of rebirth. The first of May is also the beginning of the Celtic summer season. Beltane is a fertility festival and love is in the air. After the traditional Beltane bonfire, lads and lassies would hook up and disappear into the forest. The children that resulted we’re considered a blessing from the goddess.
So, light a Beltane bonfire outdoors (or in your fireplace) tonight. If you’re in the city, you may want to just light a candle. Then, Snuggle up with your sweetie by that nice romantic blaze …who knows what might happen!