Well for those that celebrate, today is Beltane. Well actually from sunset April 30th-sunset May 1st is what we consider the celebration of Beltane. Beltane is the celebration of life/fertility. As it is half way between Spring and Summer it represents the peak of Spring and the beginnings of Summer. This is a time when the earth energies are at the highest with new life bursting throughout. It's a time of fertility for the earth and life.
Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word 'Beltane' originates from the Celtic God 'Bel', meaning 'the bright one' and the Gaelic word 'teine' meaning fire. Together they make 'Bright Fire', or 'Goodly Fire' and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun's light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community. (source www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/beltane)
Otherwise known as May Day to many. The May Pole is one part of the celebrations you may be familiar with. The Maypole is a popular and familiar image of May Day and Beltane. A phallic pole, often made from birch, was inserted into the Earth representing the potency of the God. The ring of flowers at the top of the Maypole represents the fertile Goddess. Its many coloured ribbons and the ensuing weaving dance symbolise the spiral of Life and the union of the Goddess and God, the union between Earth and Sky. (source www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/beltane)
For me I celebrated by planting a tree sapling in our yard to represent new fertility in our little peace of earth. For you it may be attending a May Day celebration or holding a fire this evening as I am planning to do myself as well. I hope you enjoyed this tidbit of info on Beltane. Blessing to All. Blessed Beltane.