Please turn on javascript in your browser to play chess.


  1. 28 Apr '12 09:55 / 2 edits
    Beltane's Day - 1st May

    A pagan fire festival which goes back to pre-Christian times - originating with Baal in
    Phoenicia. It was supposed to encourage the crops to grow. There has been a holiday
    at the start of May in many parts of Scotland for centuries. Young girls would also rise
    early to wash their faces in the May dew. The custom of lighting fires at this time has
    come through in place names such as Tarbolton in Ayrshire ("tor" meaning hill and
    "bolton" from "Beltane". The ancient Druidic Fire Festival has been revived by "New
    Age" followers who gather on the historic Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

    Any of the Christians celebrate this?