May 1 marks the Celtic festival of Beltane, also referred to as May Day, which many neopagans and Wiccans around the world observe to celebrate the onset of summer. Here are some facts and traditions to know about the holiday.
1. Beltane is one of eight pagan holidays, along with the summer solstice, Lughnasadh, the fall equinox, Samhain, the winter solstice, Imbolc and the spring equinox.
2. Beltane and Samhain, which fall exactly six months apart, are considered to be turning points in the year, much like New Year’s Day. On these days, some pagans believe the veil between the human and supernatural worlds is at its thinnest, making them potent days for magic crafting.
5. Beltane is a celebration of the early summer, and in agricultural times it affirmed the fertility of the fields and the promise of a bountiful harvest.
Take a look at the video below about Beltane, produced by the Circle Sanctuary -- a Wiccan church based in Wisconsin, and visit their website for tips on how to celebrate the holiday.