Beltane is one of the four Celtic fire festivals marking the quarter points in the year – feasts were held and bonfires were lit throughout the countryside. Fire was believed to have purifying qualities – it cleansed and rejuvenated both the land and the people.
The ritual welcoming of the sun and the lighting of the fires was also believed to ensure fertility of the land and the people. Animals were transfered from winter pens to summer pastures, and were driven between the Beltane fires to cleanse them of evil spirits and to bring fertility and a good milk yield. The Celts leapt over Beltane fires – for fertility and purification.
Our two day “Banff Beltane Bash” is being staged to celebrate the opening of Banff Castle’s Kelpie Cafe, Arts & Folklore Centre and will pan out something like this:
Sunday 6th May – 6pm – 12midnight
Monday 7th May – 11am – 5pmBanff Beltane Bash