Beltane is 6 months away from Halloween and is believed to be a time when the wall between worlds gets thin (like Halloween) and spirits and fairies walk in our world. While Halloween honors death, Beltane honors life. Beltane is celebrated with flowers and bonfires and the maypole. At Beltane, the May Bush was decorated with flowers and ribbons and before the nineteenth century paraded through town. It's a very joyous holiday.
|Ballyshannon's Rag Tree, Donegal, Ireland|
In certain rural areas, you can still find fairy trees tied with ribbons. The ribbons represent wishes being sent to the fairies. Often they are wishes of healing or the taking away of troubles. It is hoped that the ribbons will be taken by the fairies and your trouble will go with it. If you visit these places keep your eyes open for these ancient protected trees.
|Doonhill, Aberfoyle, Scotland|
|St. Brigid's Well, Kildare, Ireland|
|Fairy Tree in Connemara, Ireland|
Consider decorating a tree in your yard to celebrate life and honor the fairies. Happy Beltane!