Beltane is a Gaelic festival observed on the first of May – the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.
Translated from Irish, Beltane is the equivalent of “bright fire” and signifies the casting off of winter’s darkness and the welcoming of summer’s light.
To mark the return of fertility to the landscape, early Beltane observances included celebratory bonfires, walking the full perimeter of the land one worked, gathering bouquets of bright yellow blooms, and adorning livestock with floral swags.
Most recognizable of Beltane traditions is the maypole, a tall pole topped with colorful streaming ribbons. In celebration of the season’s fertility, celebrants dance and spin around the pole weaving the ribbon streamers.
In the spirit of Beltane, Fairsing welcomes longer days, warmer nights, and the return of another fruitful growing season.
We look forward to celebrating this cross-quarter festival, expressing our gratitude, and raising a glass to the brighter days ahead. Sláinte!