Beltane, festival held on the first day of May in Ireland and Scotland, celebrating the beginning of summer and open pasturing. Beltane is first mentioned in a glossary attributed to Cormac, bishop of Cashel and king of Munster, who was killed in 908. Cormac describes how cattle were driven between Beltane Recipes Beltane – First Day of Summer Beltane marks the first day of summer, and is representative of vitality, fertility and the energy of the sun, so its foods include luscious fruits like cherries and strawberries, green leaf, herb and flower petal salads, oat or barley cakes, dairy foods and honey. Jun 25, 2019 · The history of Beltane may seem a bit scandalous since fertility is often celebrated with bawdy jokes and sexual imagery, but Beltane can be celebrated by everyone, young and old, and in a number of ways. If you're raising little pagans, try these fun ways to embrace the Beltane season with your kids. Apr 28, 2017 · There are two things I associate with Beltane more than anything else: flowers and sweets! This recipe combines both into one delicious treat. Lavender sugar is one of my favorite recipes all year long but it’s especially appropriate at Beltane. You can stir it into your coffee or tea or sprinkle it on top of pastries brushed with egg before baking.