Beltane, the basis of May Day, is the traditional celebration that marks the beginning of summer and the abundance associated with the warmer months.
Beltane is the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. It is called a “cross quarter” and is also a fire festival, celebrated around 1 May. The origins of the name are not clear, although “fire of Bel”, the bright or shining one, or simply “good fire” are reasonable suppositions.
Abundance of Spring
Beltane is at the peak of spring and the first hint of summer. What was set in motion at the Spring Equinox in the form of buds and shoots, as well as the seeds of ideas, is manifesting itself. Nature is abundant with flowers, the hawthorn tree drips with May blossom and everything is vibrant. At Beltane, male and female come together in unabashed sexuality. Young people would spend the night in the woods “a-maying” and married couples could abandon their vows for the night.
Beltane falls at the start of the May, a time of vibrant abundance in nature. These celebrations are the basis of May Day.
Beltane in the Modern World
Beltane marked the start of the summer and the beginning of the pastoral season and celebrations focused on sexuality, fertility and abundance. The Lord of the Greenwood and Queen of the May symbolises the divine union of male and female. The traditional maypole is a symbol of the make phallus and the female principle is represented by baskets and wreaths, while the weaving of red and white ribbons symbolises their interconnection.
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Modern May Day
Nowadays we still have maypoles, but the male god has gone. Christianity kept the Queen of the May, but tan formed her into a symbol of virginity, purity and chastity. Beltane used to be a time when everyone, with their class or status suspended for a day, went “a-maying”. Thus, with May Day already associated with the masses, it was natural that May Day has become a modern-day worker’s holiday in many places around the world.