Articles Tagged 'May Day'

The Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh

May Day: The Hills Are Alight With the Fire of Beltane

In the ancient Celtic societies of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall (and indeed all across Europe) May Day—known as Beltane—was the first day of summer. It’s part of a binary calendar that is largely concerned with natural cycles of death and rebirth, starting today and ending on November 1, the first day of winter. To […]

Maypole

Five British Things You Must Do on May Day

The first of May is a date that has had many different connotations and celebrations down through the years, dating back to Roman times and probably (given that the calendar will have been different at the time) beyond. There’s stuff about fertility, stuff about work, stuff about farming and stuff about death. It’s to do […]