Thursday, April 23rd 7pm
The second class in the Wheel of The Year Series with Amy Lou Taylor and Rhonda Pavlovich . In this second class we delve into Beltane, exploring the ancient Celtic celebration of May Day, Lady Day. Join us as we share rituals, recipes and crafting all relating to this time of new beginnings, rebirth and growth.
Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and it is associated with important events in Irish Mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire, or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush; a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe.
Come join us as we talk about the traditions, customs and magic involved in this ancient celebration of the season of Spring! Cost for this popular class is 20.00