Beltain

Lifestyle

May is here! Hoorah!

Each year, we welcome in the warmer months by going to Beltain Festival at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire. It’s one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals – along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh – and takes place half way between the spring equinox and summer solstice.

At Butser Ancient Farm they build a huge wicker man and burn him at dusk. Ancient Britons did this as a ritual to encourage healthy crops and protect the cattle, and sometimes they placed a human sacrifice inside to appease the spirits…

We had a fabulous time as always, and I sold my illustrated cards on a stall as part of my fundraising mission! The cider was delicious, the pigs were fat and merriment was enjoyed all round.

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