Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beltane (Mí Bhealtaine or Bealtaine)

All necessary items to make your Beltane a success:

Edward Dwelly in Bealltuinn (1911) describes a 1 May custom of his day, practised in the Scottish Highlands, where young people met on the moors, lit a bonfire and made an oatmeal cake toasted at the embers. The cake was divided, one of the pieces marked with charcoal, and, drawing the pieces blindfolded, the person who got the marked piece was compelled to leap over the flames three times.

Is this right?  I really need to experience the real thing one day.

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