Happy Beltane (or Samhain if you are in the Northern Hemisphere)
I did take some photos of my celebrations but unfortunately, for the blog, there are too many faces and I am concerned about the privacy of my family and friends. So I only have three to share.
As you can see I decided to make a small bonfire anyway. The reason for my decision is that A) Our garden is mostly just sand at the moment so we would safely make a brick circle and not worry about any stray embers lighting the rest of the garden. B) It took us a while to get the fire started as it was actually lightly raining. It had been raining for the last two days and the rain continued on the thirty-first. For these reasons I decided that we could make a fire in the garden without running the risk of an out-of-control fire.
I made some “May Day wine” with strawberries and vanilla. (Northern Hemisphere obviously.) Some light greek salads, and we had some “Fancy” break for dipping in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then for desert we had fresh seasonal fruit.
Oh and I do not know how common or uncommon this is but I celebrate from Sundown (night of the 31st) to Sundown (night of the 1st) I may be slightly confused because of time differences in other countries but I get the feeling quite a lot of people celebrate their Sabbats from Sun-up to Sundown.
It really was a lovely Celebration for me. I hope that everyone enjoyed their seasonal celebrations too.
I was partly inspired to write this post after reading Let it Rain over on Australis Incognita. The other part is just that this is my first Beltane and I am excited for it.
It had never really occurred to me to explain why I celebrate the Sabbats at different times. As I have said before in a previous post I live in the southern hemisphere. Many people probably think; “So what?”. And for a lot of people that is true, many Pagans in the southern hemisphere do celebrate the same holidays as the Pagans in the northern hemisphere. For me, I was particularly drawn to Paganism for its nature aspect. I like to feel more connected to the seasons and the changes of the world around me. For this reason I like to celebrate the opposite Sabbat, so while everyone is celebrating Halloween soon (and the rest of my more commercialized community will be too because the shops promote Halloween now) I shall be celebrating Beltane. I would feel weird having a harvest celebration after I have just finished the planting of my garden! It would just feel wrong for me. Obviously I do not hold anything against those other people who are in the southern hemisphere and would prefer to celebrate the same as the northern hemisphere, but it is just not for me.
This Beltane I want to celebrate with having a few select family and friends over, having a Maypole in the garden, and possibly a Bonfire in the evening. I will just have to think through the logistics of a fire. It will probably be a very small one, or maybe even just light a fire in the fireplace. I want to think environmentally here and a fire might not be the best thing.
How do you celebrate Beltane?
I would be really interested to find out what other people do.