May 1 – Arrival of the Sun

The arrival of summer has been celebrated on May 1 in many countries in the north for 2000 years. Although actual summer starts in June, May 1st is a celebration to prepare for its arrival. Beltane or Beltain is the Gaelic May Day festival, most commonly held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.

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