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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Festival of Beltane!

A Happy Festival of Beltane to you all!
The festival of Beltane is April 30th, the eve of May Day. It is a fire festival that celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season when the herds of livestock were driven out to the summer pastures and mountain grazing lands

Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.

This year I am spending the Festival Beltane in Extramadura, Spain, in the central plains where the eponymous rain is said to mainly fall. It is, however, also an excellent area for wildlife.

Here are a few pictures that I have taken around the Festival of Beltane in previous years.

Ben Nevis, Scotland

The Taiga forest, Russia

Lapland

Nutcracker, Tatra Mountains, Poland

Sunflower field, Andalucia, Spain

I wish you all a Happy Beltane!

6 Comments:

Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Hope you have a lovely holiday - I'm trying to finish up well in my current position and find another as well and, from a human standpoint, it's not coming well! So, perhaps I'll try to be a barmaid next!

Craver is looking for you - he's blogjacking Martin's blog

5:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Transhumance is a feature of The Hill as sheep are driven past my gate to and fro from Midlow Hill to Duddon Marsh.

Have Celtic fun.

Jon

5:57 pm  
Blogger Angel... said...

I hope yu had a wonderful holiday.. thats very lovely shots..Thanks for sharing with us

8:33 pm  
Blogger simon said...

lucky guy!!

4:33 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

And a happy pagan festival to you too. When are you coming back to Blighty?

10:25 pm  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Wow.

Glad you can share your travels in this way with us.

1:23 am  

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