The German festival of Walpurgisnacht, is April 30th similar to the UK Walpurgis or Beltane which runs from April 30th to May 3rd. It is also known as Lady Day or May Day in Christianised Germany.
In the UK pagans celebrate the Green Man festival which is mainly a foilage fertility celebration honoring our ancestors, the close of winter embracing the blossom of Spring.
The powers of elves and the fae grow and reach their peak at the Summer Solstice.
Folklore tells us It is a time of enchantment and magical renewal. Beltane is a great time for planting gardens especially herbs and casting spells.
In Scandinavia, heathens play out mock battles between Winter and Summer.
Beltane is a time for Community Bon Fires.
Tradition teaches us that sacred woods are kindled by spark from flint. The Irish Gaelic, Beltane Fire is called ‘teine eigin’ or fire from rubbing sticks together.
Pagans may jump over the Beltane Fire, swoosh through it, or do a clockwise dance around the bon fire.
There is drumming that compliments the dancers.
If you live in the country gather your kin and have a bon fire that you can contain in areas like a beach on sand.
Keep children out of the way so no injuries happen. Remember Safety first and enjoy Beltane. Welcome Spring! Welcome Lady May! Welcome Green Man!