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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Lapierre

What Exactly is May Day / Beltane About?

May Day / Beltane Explained


Edward Robert Hughes. Midsummer’s Eve. 1908, watercolor
Edward Robert Hughes. Midsummer’s Eve. 1908, watercolor. Private collection.

Beltane is the midpoint between Spring (Equinox) and Summer (Solstice). Similar to Halloween, its opposite holiday across the wheel of the year, Beltane is the other time of the year that the ancient Celts believed the veil is thinnest — not between us and the world of the dead — but between us and the fairy realm, which includes elves, dwarfs, gnomes, the djinn of the Arabic world, the menehune of the Hawaiian islands, sylphs, leprechauns, goblins, trolls, dryads, mermaids, kelpies, selkies, and more. How fun! Whether or not you believe in these fae creatures, May Day / Beltane is a lovely old-fashioned holiday.

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