May lst incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Beltane celebrated with feasts and rituals. The name means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast is celebrated. The plant world blossoms and an exuberant mood prevails.
In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the Maypole the next morning. May morning brings a magical time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.
Many Celtics would rise at the first light of dawn to gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women braided flowers into their hair. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion.
Celebrate May Day near a water source.
Go for a walk in a forest setting.
Search for water sprints and fairies.
Gather plants or flowers to display in your home.
Create stories about the natural world.
Benefit from the magic in the air.