Beltane: How Are You Celebrating?

Beltane is coming up here in the Northern Hemisphere soon! How are you celebrating this year? How are you decorating your altar? Are you making any recipes?

Also, should we have a community virtual event for it? What would you like for that to look like?

Here’s some starter ideas too:

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Not sure this year, but in past years I have always done 2 things for Beltane. I had star shaped grapevine wreaths, I would always redecorate them with wild flowers that grew in my yard. I would also make seed balls for all the birds. I had my kids help me. With not having access to these thing I will have to think of something new this year.

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Hello CieAngel, I am a Norse Witch and although we don’t celebrate Beltane we celebrate something similar. It’s called Wulpurgisnacht which is Germanic, we celebrate it on the evening of April 30th to May 1st. We light bonfires, or fires in our hearths or even fire pits. We dance, drink and put flowers on our altars and talk with our Gods especially Freyja Goddess of fertility. Next day we have a Maypole and dance around it. For Beltane as well as Wulpurgis do something with flowers and the seed balls sound lovely for the birds. Whatever you do have a wonderful Beltane with you and your family.
All the Best,
Norsewoman

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That sounds so absolutely wonderful! I’d love to experience that someday.

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I just decorated my altar for Beltane. I always love changing it up a little for each celebration on the wheel of the year. This year I’ll be making a small maypole to add to the altar. I’ll also be decorating a tree outside with ribbons as part of a spell to the goddess, and having a bonfire :fire:. Haven’t decided yet as to what special foods I want to have/cook. And I always dress up for the day in corresponding colors. It just makes it even more special :grin::dancer:

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It is a lot of fun. We drink from Viking horns and the women wear flowers in their hair. On May 1st, I make a Swedish cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top plus add a few flowers on the cake. Whatever you do have a Wonderful Beltane!

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Yes, I bet it all looks lovely. I make this cake not just for May but also for Mid~Summer in June.
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That looks amazing! I like to bake as well. I enjoy doing such things to truly enjoy life and the turning of the wheel. Life can be mundane and with the ups and down celebrating the holidays is a joy!

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Hi everyone! Unfortunately, I’m not able to do a proper ritual with my Grove this year, because of a wedding my partner and I have to attend. I definitely plan on decorating my altar, and helping my son decorate his personal altar! Also, my partner plans on getting a nice hotel room after the wedding, so I’ll celebrate with him too! :heart:

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That looks amazing! I have ties to a local Norse group, the Clan of Ravensong, and i had the opportunity to celebrate Yule with them this past winter! Such a lovely gathering, and I LOVE learning about different Pagan Paths! I have a friend that’s a Druid through OBOD, a few Wiccans, some Native American practitioners and some Eclectic Witches like myself. I’m blessed to have so many people to learn from right here in my hometown! Blessings to you, from my hearth to yours! :heart:

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Just do some Beltane spells leading up to the celebration. That way you won’t feel like you’re missing out completely :slightly_smiling_face:

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Thank you Silver Moon dancer. It is much appreciated. I too, love to learn about different paths. Blessings to you and yours. :heart:

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I usually do something small at home, baking a treat or decorating with flowers- an elderflower cocktail :clinking_glasses:
But this year my husband, best friend, and I are celebrating Beltane in Edinburgh with the Beltane Fire Society! They are a performing arts charity that hold big festivals on Beltane and Samhain. It’s been my dream to attend for a long time so we’re very excited :sparkles:

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That sounds amazing Jules!

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Thank you so much for the information. Flowers would be easier to do than a fire right now.
BB,
Cie

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I discovered today that my boat/home is being hauled out and onto a boatyard 30th April. It had been planned for later in the year, so that I could do some maintenance. I am taking the significance of the date as a blessing and positive auger for my plans. However, it looks as though my celebration will be a quiet, indoor, land-based celebration with just me and my dog. :slight_smile:

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I agree, a fire would be too hot as our temps are in the high 80s. I would like candles instead.

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Oh my goodness, that sounds AMAZING @jules !!

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That sounds so exciting Jules. I hope you all have a great time.

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Some more ideas to inspire your celebrations (ok to pin from the forum!)

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