In traditional societies with their close links with the natural world the coming of summer was welcome. In Celtic Europe the festival of Beltane was one of four season marking events. This photo essay covers celebrations at the Beltane fire festival on Calton Hill in Edinburgh.
I would love a more organized response to Matriki our own Maori New Year coming soon.
I suggest celebrating the passage of the year. Have some sort of party. For years now my family have a mid-winter BBQ/picnic. We cook sausages over our lounge fire and have a picnic under candle light to acknowledge the passage of time. It’s fun and we finish with ice-cream and lemonade and chocolate in parfait glasses; and chocolate.
The Beltane Fire Society and students of St Andrews University have welcomed the advent of summer with a festival and a sea swim
Picture from The Guardian