How to pronounce


  • American Pronunciation: /ˈbɛl.teɪn/
    • Breakdown: BEL-tayn
  • British Pronunciation: /ˈbɛl.teɪn/ or /ˈbɛl.tən/
    • Breakdown: BEL-tayn or BEL-tuhn

The pronunciation of "Beltane" is relatively consistent in both American and British English, with the primary emphasis on the first syllable. The difference might appear in the pronunciation of the second syllable, with some variance between "tayn" and a slightly softer "tuhn."

Definition of


Beltane (noun): a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of summer, typically celebrated on May 1st. It is also known as May Day. Example: 1. The villagers gathered around the bonfire to celebrate Beltane and welcome the warmer weather. 2. In Ireland, Beltane is still a widely celebrated holiday, with traditional rituals such as dancing around the maypole.

What does it mean


The word "Beltane" is derived from the Gaelic words "Bel," meaning 'bright' or 'brilliant,' which refers to the Celtic god of light, and "tene," meaning 'fire.' Together, they refer to the "fire of Bel." This festival's roots go back to early agrarian societies in ancient Celtic regions (what is now Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man) who marked the season's transition with rituals to ensure fertility for their crops, livestock, and community. The fires, central to the celebrations, were believed to have protective powers and were symbolic of the light and warmth of the coming months.

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