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Beltane vs. Beltein — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Beltane and Beltein



Beltane () is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice.


See Beltane.


An ancient Celtic feast, usually observed on May 1, marked by the lighting of bonfires and the performance of various rites of purification.


The first day of May (Old Style).
The quarter-days anciently in Scotland were Hallowmas, Candlemas, Beltane, and Lammas.


A festival of the heathen Celts on the first day of May, in the observance of which great bonfires were kindled. It still exists in a modified form in some parts of Scotland and Ireland.

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