True Highlands Blog
Today is Beltane, one of the most important days in the Scottish pre-Christian calendar. It is a day steeped in mystery, when fires were built, offerings made and rituals enacted. There has been a rekindling of interest in Beltane in the last decade with a resurgence of contemporary festivals celebrating the occasion with reinterpretations of tradition instead of recreations of past rites.
Midsummer, the point that marks the turning of the year as the days begin to shorten is the source of many different kinds of ritual and celebration all over Scotland. The festival itself is primarily a Celtic fire festival traditionally celebrated on either the 23rd or 24th of June, although the longest day actually falls on the 21st. Its importance to our ancestors is evident in the large number of stone circles and other ancient monuments are aligned to the sunrise on this day.