Beltane is one of the most interesting holidays of the calendar. Shrouded in misinformation and somewhat odd fallacies, it has been known as a sex-festival. This is incorrect. While some sects of Paganism whom follow the holy sabbats do elicit sexual tendencies during this time, it is not the reason for the season, so to speak. This is a time to celebrate fertility, new life, love, spring! It is a wonderful time to bring family and friends together for a celebration of a fresh beginning.
This holiday usually happens on May 1st, but some sects do celebrate it at sundown on April 30th and the celebration continues through sundown on the following day. Lythia Pagans actually follow this celebratory format of sundown to sundown.
Following the same tradition as many of the Sabbats, there is a feast! So! Form a potluck where each person selects a dish of their choice to bring to the festivities and enjoy each other’s company and add some prayer.
If you have ever heard of the May Pole then you have a head start on the festivities! Erect a pole and tie ribbon to the top of the pole. Each person takes a ribbon and then weaves around the pole until the whole pillar is decorated in ribbon.
However you choose to celebrate this beautiful Sabbat, spend the day with friends and family if possible! It is a day that love is celebrated. SO! Celebrate!
If you are looking to set up a fun altar to have present for your friends and family to add libation, say a short prayer, or simply have out for people to admire, go ahead and decorate it! I love having an altar out for people to either observe or participate in a bit of prayer. The God and Goddess are always there to bring forth love and protect us, why not share that light with those coming to celebrate the sabbat?
I like to decorate my altar with bright colours and some gold silky material. You can add flowers and other trinkets to show off more of a natural aspect of your altar. A fun activity to have available on your altar is a prayer basket. Have little slips of paper and a pen next to a basket/box or whatever you wish and instruct the guests to (if they want to) to write a request of prayer or a offering of thanks and to put it in the basket. Later that night you can either pull them out and pray as a group, or you can wait for your solitary/family prayer time. Simply read the slips of paper and prayer for relief of what was placed. These slips of paper are anonymous, so if you do wish to have a group prayer, then people can write what they truly need help for without the pressures of being “outed.”
Many blessings my friends….