Bel"tane (&?;), n. [Gael. bealltainn,
bealltuinn.] 1. The first day of May (Old
The quarter-days anciently in Scotland were Hallowmas,
Candlemas, Beltane, and Lammas.
New English Dict.
2. A festival of the heathen Celts on the first day
of May, in the observance of which great bonfires were kindled. It still
exists in a modified form in some parts of Scotland and Ireland.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Beltane, or Beltein, an ancient Celtic festival connected with
the sun-worship, observed about the 1st of May and the 1st of November,
during which fires were kindled on the tops of hills, and various
ceremonies gone through.
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