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Friday, May 1, 2015
Interfaith Days: Beltane
Today is Beltane, one of the eight solar Sabbats for Wiccans and Pagans. The festival, about halfway between the beginnings of spring and of summer, combines aspects of the Gaelic Bealtaine (e.g., bonfires), and the Germanic May Day (dancing around the May pole). "Beltane" means "fire of Bel," the Sun God. This site and this site describe some of the festival's elements and history. The illustration is from this site.