May 1st marks the Celtic celebration of Beltane, also referred to as May Day. It is observed around the world to commemorate the turning point of the year when warmer days return. Celebrants mark the day by lighting fires, dancing, feasting and performing fertility rituals such as the maypole dance. In agrarian times, it affirmed the fertility of the fields and the promise of a bountiful harvest. Beltane is believed to refer to the "The Fires of Bel", in honor of the Celtic sun god Belenus. So in honor of the occasion, I offer a song by one of my favorite fiery redheads, Loreena McKennitt. Here is Huron Beltane Fire Dance, from her album Parallel Dreams.
To learn more about Ms. McKennitt and her music, click: loreenamckennitt.com/