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.