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The Celtic Festivals of Fire

The ancient Celts divided the year into two halves, the lighter half and the darker half, and held four celebrations (also known as Fire Festivals) to mark the changing seasons:

  • Imbolc – celebrated halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox (1st February)
  • Beltane – halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice (1st May)
  • Lughnasadh – halfway between the summer solstice and fall equinox (1st August)
  • Samhain – halfway between the fall equinox and winter solstice (1st November)

Let’s find out some curiosities about these festivals.