vintage May Day, Beltane. Tracey, do you remember dancing around the maypole when we lived in Kent?


Beltane is a Celtic festival which signals the beginning of the bright half of the year. Beltane may be translated as "fires of Bel" or "brilliant fire" and is name after the god Belenus.

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.  – it has traditionally been an occasion for celebration. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

Beltane Celebration - One of the four major Sabbats in the Celtic tradition, Beltane celebrates life. For the Celts, it was a festival that insured fertility and growth.

May Pole - A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor - I want to frame the pages from her books

Great Books for Children: Tasha Tudor and the Celebration of a Wonderful Life

Maypole dancing -- such fun. It takes practice to get the ribbons to wind on the pole in a perfect pattern.

May pole - May Day is a ancient Spring festival replacing the pagan celebrations of Beltane (Celtic) and Walpurgis Night (Germanic). I like that they have the maidens beneath the may pole.