Beltane, also known as May Day, is one of the four main festivals on the Wheel of the Year. Celebrated on the 1st of May in the Northern hemisphere (or October 1st in the Southern), It’s a day that marks the halfway point between the spring equinox & the summer solstice & a time when we throw open the doors to the warmer months, welcoming the abundance of new life.

Deeply rooted in ancient traditions & originating from the Celtic festival of fire. Beltane symbolizes the peak of spring and the coming of summer, embodying the union of masculine and feminine energies, which fosters fertility, growth, and new beginnings. It’s believed that during this time, much like during Samhain, the veil between worlds is thin, allowing us to connect more deeply with the spiritual realm . It’s also a time when meditation, divination & other forms of mediumship are said to be more effective.


What’s just as fascinating as the celebration itself, is the deeper meaning of Beltane; fertility, fire, and abundance. It’s a time when the Earth is at its most fertile; flowers are in full bloom, animals are busy nurturing their young, and the promise of a bountiful harvest is just on the horizon.

But Beltane isn’t just about nature’s fertility – it’s also about our own personal growth and creativity. It’s a perfect time to start new projects or breathe new life into old ones. Whether you’re planting a garden, starting a new piece of art, or setting intentions for the months ahead, Beltane is your go-to for an extra boost of inspiration and energy. The vibrant energy of Beltane encourages us to embrace joy, love, and the potentials that lie within us and around us. It reminds us of the beauty of life and the power of new beginnings.

One of the most iconic symbols of Beltane is the Maypole, a tall wooden pole adorned with ribbons, flowers, and greens. Dancing around the Maypole, with ribbons in hand, weaving in and out, creates a beautiful pattern that symbolizes the intertwining of the divine feminine and masculine, and the unity of community. It’s a dance of balance and harmony, and participating can fill you with a sense of connection and joy.

Beltane is also celebrated with bonfires, symbolizing the return of light and warmth. Jumping over the bonfire is a traditional act of purification and protection, a way to leave behind what no longer serves you and leap into a season of growth and abundance. Creating flower crowns, feasting on seasonal foods, and spending time in nature are other delightful ways to honour this enchanting time. Whether it’s through meditation, setting intentions, or simply walking barefoot on the earth, Beltane invites you to connect with the vibrant life force all around you.

So, let’s embrace the warmth, celebrate the abundance, and dance our way into the magic of summer with 10 simple ways you can celebrate below.


  • Make a Beltane Altar & Decorate your home: Decorate with coloured ribbons to represent the maypole, or create a small altar with symbols of the season—red candles (for passion), white candles (for purity), flowers, greenery, and crystals like emerald or rose quartz. It’s a simple & perfect way to bring the essence of Beltane into your space and offer gratitude for the season’s abundance.
  • Dance Around the Maypole: Embrace the heart of Beltane by organizing a maypole dance. Gather friends, intertwine colourful ribbons, and dance in a weaving pattern to symbolize unity and the intertwining of lives. It’s not just fun; it’s a beautiful way to connect and create lasting memories.
  • Host a Bonfire Evening: Beltane is synonymous with fire, symbolizing purity and the return of light. Invite your tribe over for an enchanting evening around a bonfire. Share stories, roast marshmallows, and maybe even do a little fire dancing (safely, of course) to really light up the night!
  • Create a Flower Wreath /Crown Workshop: Flowers are a big part of Beltane, representing fertility and nature’s beauty. Organize a flower crown making session with friends or family. It’s a delightful way to spend time together and everyone gets either a wreath to hang in their home or a gorgeous, Instagram-worthy crown to wear for the day.
  • Have a Beltane Baking Day / Picnic with Seasonal Foods: What better way to celebrate than with food? Bake some traditional Beltane treats like bannock or oatmeal cookies. Infuse your baking with intentions for growth and happiness. If the weather permits it, you could even prepare a picnic filled with fresh, seasonal produce. Think green salads, fresh berries, and maybe some oatcakes for a traditional touch. Enjoy your feast outdoors to really soak in the Beltane energy.
  • Plant Something: Beltane is all about fertility and new beginnings. Get your hands dirty and plant new life into the earth. Whether it’s flowers, herbs, fruits & vegetables or a tree, it’s a meaningful way to connect with nature and contribute to the earth’s beauty.
  • Visit a Local Farm: If possible, visit a farm to connect with the animals and see the fertility of the earth in action. It’s a grounding experience that ties back to the agricultural roots of Beltane.
  • Morning Dew Walk: Wake up early and go for a walk to collect the morning dew on Beltane. It’s said to have magical properties, especially for beauty and youth. Even if you don’t believe in the magic, it’s a refreshing way to start the day.
  • Honour the Fae: Create a fairy garden or leave offerings to welcome the Fae into your garden.
  • Take a Ritual Bath: Create a Beltane ritual bath, start by setting the intention to cleanse away the old and welcome the new. Beltane is all about celebrating life, love, and new beginnings, so your bath should reflect that joyous energy. Gather flowers like marigold, rose, and lavender, known for their powerful connection to love and protection. Add some greenery, like fresh sprigs of rosemary or mint, to enhance your bath with their cleansing and invigorating properties. As you fill your tub with warm water, sprinkle in the petals and herbs, letting their essence infuse into the water. For an extra touch of magic, add a few drops of essential oils that resonate with Beltane’s energy, such as jasmine or ylang-ylang, to amplify love and positivity.

Remember, Beltane is a festival of love, fertility, and celebration. So however you choose to celebrate, do it with an open heart and a joyful spirit. Dance, sing, feast, and be merry, for summer is on its way, and the earth is alive with the promise of abundance.

Happy Beltane!