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Bealtaine/Beltane May Festival - In Irish mythology, the beginning of the summer season for the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians started at Bealtaine. ... Bealtaine is still the Irish name for the month of May and the festival is traditionally celebrated on 1 May. Nowadays a modern music festival takes place on the hill containing many elements reminiscent of the ancient Celtic festival. This year's event takes place on 4-5 May 2013 http://www.festivalofthefires.com/

Bealtaine/Beltane May Festival - In Irish mythology, the beginning of the summer season for the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians started at Bealtaine.

Slainte!!!!!!! Means "health" and is said during a toast  pronounced slahn-cheh

"Irish for "Cheers," pronounced approx. 'slauncha' ~ Irish / Scottish - Gaelic word slainte, which means cheers or good health"

Beltane Fire Festival is an annual participatory arts event and ritual drama, held on April 30 on Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

Nestinarstvo- a fire ritual originally performed in the very southeast of Bulgaria. It is usually performed on the day of Sts. Constantine and Helen.  The Nestinari's barefoot dance on embers accompanied by the beat of the sacred drum and the sound of a bagpipe.It is popularly thought that some of the dancers reach a religious state of trance while dancing, explaining why their feet don't burn and they allegedly don't feel pain.

Nestinarstvo- a fire ritual originally performed in the very southeast of Bulgaria. It is usually performed on the day of Sts. Constantine and Helen. The Nestinari's barefoot dance on embers accompanied by the beat of the sacred drum and the sound of a bagpipe.It is popularly thought that some of the dancers reach a religious state of trance while dancing, explaining why their feet don't burn and they allegedly don't feel pain.

Up Helly Aa, The Shetland Islands, Scotland an entire capital comes to a halt for a public holiday the day after a festival (to "allow for recovery"), you know the festival itself is going to be crazy. Up Helly Aa is Europe's "Largest Fire Festival," and it's held on the last Tuesday in January every year to mark the end of the yule season.  Where: Lerwick, the Shetland Islands, Scotland When: January 28

10 Great Winter Festivals in 2014

I don't usually spend much time planning for May Day, but these are so cute that I think I'll make an exception!

DIY Mini Maypole Bundt Cakes for May Day

Gypsy Magic: Beltane Cake Ritual Today, the ritual might go like this:  The group gathers around the Beltane fire, where eggnog and cake have been prepared. A libation is poured, and the cake is passed round the circle with each person breaking off a piece and throwing it over their shoulder along with a simple spell of giving and preserving.

How to bake: Dan Lepard makes oatmeal cake with cider syrup

Kildare - The Black Abbey is located in the grounds of the Irish National Stud

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Irish Gaelic: Peace

Siochain is the Irish Gaelic word for peace. I like this lettering style ~ tattoo idea?

The Hawthorn is Known in Ireland as the fairy tree. It is often referred to as the gentle bush, lone bush or thorn, as it is disrespectful to mention the fairies by name. Find out more...

The Hawthorn is Known in Ireland as the fairy tree. It is often referred to as the gentle bush, lone bush or thorn, as it is disrespectful to mention the fairies by name.

Go smudge yourself

A smudging prayer to clear your digital space. Learn more about this ancient tradition: Smudging How to Clear Your Space

'Ndocciata, a very ancient fire ritual celebrated every December 24th. It originated from the Samnite tribes, predating both Christian and Roman times. It takes place in Agnone, Molise Italy. The region of my ancestors

'Ndocciata, a very ancient fire ritual celebrated every December It originated from the Samnite tribes, predating both Christian and Roman times. It takes place in Agnone, Molise Italy. The region of my ancestors

The Hill of Uisneach or Ushnagh (Irish: Uisneach or Cnoc Uisnigh) - an ancient ceremonial site in the Barony of Rathconrath in County Westmeath, Ireland. In Irish mythology it is the center of Ireland and is associated with the festival of Bealtaine.

The Hill of Uisneach or Ushnagh (Irish: Uisneach or Cnoc Uisnigh) - an ancient ceremonial site in the Barony of Rathconrath in County Westmeath, Ireland. In Irish mythology it is the center of Ireland and is associated with the festival of Bealtaine.

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