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Beltane and the Land of the Sidhe

Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival celebrated primarily in Ireland and Scotland on the first day of May. It can also be traced as far back to Egypt and the people of Sumer. On the surface, this holiday celebrates fertility during a time when many animals are mating and farmers are planting their fields hoping for an abundant harvest later in the year. People of the old cultures honored this time of year by dancing around a roaring bonfire and a maypole tied with colorful ribbons. Stories of food and perhaps too much wine, led to lovemaking beneath the stars, all in honor of celebrating the fertility of nature. However, as we peel back the layers of myth, we discover an older story. B

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