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Feast of Beltane  Long ago, Celts celebrated Beltane, which was a calendar feast that welcomed summer. Bonfires figured largely into this celebration, and some activities included dancing around the fire, burning effigies of witches, and hearding cattle in between bonfires. Fire was seen as a purifying source. In recent years, neopagans have begun to celebrate Beltane once more.

Feast of Beltane Long ago, Celts celebrated Beltane, which was a calendar feast that welcomed summer. Bonfires figured largely into this celebration, and some activities included dancing around the fire, burning effigies of witches, and hearding cattle in between bonfires. Fire was seen as a purifying source. In recent years, neopagans have begun to celebrate Beltane once more.

plough monday On Plough Monday, the first Monday after Twelve Night, the last of the Holy Nights, the fields were ploughed for the first time since harvest. The corn dolly was placed in the first turned farrow and buried there. This was to return her to the cornfields where she gives life to the seed and produces the harvest. She was in the last stalks of the standing grain. Now as dolly made from those last stalks, she goes back into the soil after the new year to start her work all over…

plough monday On Plough Monday, the first Monday after Twelve Night, the last of the Holy Nights, the fields were ploughed for the first time since harvest. The corn dolly was placed in the first turned farrow and buried there. This was to return her to the cornfields where she gives life to the seed and produces the harvest. She was in the last stalks of the standing grain. Now as dolly made from those last stalks, she goes back into the soil after the new year to start her work all over…

Yule AKA Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere). The shortest day (daylight hours) of the year.

Yule AKA Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere). The shortest day (daylight hours) of the year.

Wassailing the apple trees on the eve of the Twelfth Night

Wassailing the apple trees on the eve of the Twelfth Night

Gower Wassail : Venereum Arvum, December 2009

Gower Wassail : Venereum Arvum, December 2009

surfin turnips cider commando

surfin turnips cider commando

Here We Come a-Wassailing (BBC 1977) -  Part 2 of 5

Here We Come a-Wassailing (BBC 1977) - Part 2 of 5

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