Celtic May Day
Origin of BeltaneScottish from Gaelic Bealtainn
An ancient Celtic feast, usually observed on May 1, marked by the lighting of bonfires and the performance of various rites of purification.
Origin of BeltaneMiddle English from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn ; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The first day of May (since 1752); May Day, a Scottish quarter day, sometimes associated by Christians with the nearest Church Feast, the Invention of the Cross (May 3rd), and Whitsunday (May 15th).
- An ancient Gaelic/Celtic May Day holiday celebration, at which large bonfires were built on the hill tops, revived by Celtic neopagans.