|Hawthorn in bloom (via irisharchaeology.ie)|
In Gaelic and other Celtic cultures, Bealtaine is essentially the first day of summer, the brighter part of the year. Though I’m not going to be driving my cattle (or even my cat) between any purifying bonfires, I choose to notice the day that’s in it. Holidays can be nice, and maybe even more so when you decide for yourself which ones you like. Oíche Bhealtaine shona dhaoibh go léir.
|A Scottish Bealtaine festival, a few years back (via http://nva.org.uk/artwork/beltane/)|