Walpurgis & Beltane Festivals

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*Folklore, poetry & fiction writer

The German festival of Walpurgisnacht, is April 30th similar to the UK Walpurgis or Beltane which runs from April 30th to May 3rd. It is also known as  Lady Day or May Day in  Germany.

Walpurgis night 2018 photo credited to Karina Hessland

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In the UK pagans celebrate the Green Man festival which is mainly a foliage fertility celebration honoring our ancestors, the close of winter embracing the blossom of Spring.

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The powers of elves and the  Fae grow and reach their peak at the Summer Solstice.

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Folklore tells us It is a time of enchantment and magical renewal. Beltane is a great time for planting gardens especially herbs and casting spells.

In Scandinavia, heathens play out mock battles between Winter and Summer.

Beltane is a time for Community Bonfires.
Tradition teaches us that sacred woods are kindled by spark from flint.  The Irish Gaelic, Beltane Fire is called ‘teine…

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