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This is a Pagan / Wiccan celebration.

For Pagans, Beltane is a fire festival which celebrates the arrival of summer and the fertility of the coming year.

Beltane means 'fires of Bel' – after the Celtic deity Belenus. Fires were lit to celebrate the return of life and the burning away of winter. These fires were thought to cleanse, purify and increase fertility. Cattle and even people were often passed between two fires to ensure good fortune and fertility. Beltane was also associated with courting rituals, for example maypole dancing, which symbolises the union of the god and the goddess


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