Beltane (/ˈbɛl.teɪn/) is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland. In Irish the name for the festival day is Lá Bealtaine ([l̪ˠaː ˈbʲal̪ˠt̪ˠənʲə]), in Scottish Gaelic Là Bealltainn .
Beltane was one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals, it marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season, when livestock were driven out to the summer pastures, and early crops were starting to mature. A maypole dance (which is of a more Germanic origin) was a form of fertility worship, both for crops and livestock. Maybe even for the people as well. There were also rituals to protect crops, dairy products and people, and to encourage growth. Gifts were left at Holy wells to wish for fertility and health. Visitors to holy wells would pray for health while walking sunwise (from east to west) around the well. They would then leave offerings; typically coins or clooties, scraps of cloth.
We will be making small banners, and maybe tokens to be worn or given to those you favor. If you can find a holy well maybe you can leave one as a wish. Or even give one to someone you favor. The canvas banner blanks I have are 9 x 13, so they will be mini banners, and hopefully also have leather for making bracers, or tokens to give to friends. So be thinking of designs, or devices you’d like to try out. Or if you have a passed ones here’s a chance to make it. I will have pens and pencils to color them in.
Site notes: There are restrooms (can’t guarantee tp thou), but no drinkable water. There are picnic tables with benches but no extra seating so blankets or extra chairs is a good idea. There are lots of shade trees. And even a great hiking trial if you like that kind of thing.
May 6, 2017; 10am to 4pm
Manuka State Park, Ocean View, HI 96704
FREE for all!
Lunch at 11
Banner making to commence
THL Siobhan inghean mhic Ghiolla Eoin