Beltane is an ancient Irish Gaelic festival that takes place on the first of May. It was first celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and other Celtic countries such as England & Wales. Also known as “May Day,” by other cultures, Beltane continues to be recognized by contemporary pagans.
Wiccans will tell you that it is a deeply meaningful celebration with rituals. Of that, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind. But speaking as a non-Wiccan, Beltane can be described along the same lines as Cinco de Mayo –a drunken orgy of booze, sex & other assorted stimulants. And who doesn’t enjoy that?
To those of you from my alma mater and/or hometown who are reading this entry (and you know who you are), Beltane sounds like a Shorty’s Halloween bash rolled into a block party to me. What say you, my slaphappy, staggering peoples?!