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Beltane an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, marked by bonfires being kindled on the hills. Beltane was also traditionally one of the quarter-days in Scotland, the others being Hallowmas, Candlemas, and Lammas. The name comes from the Celtic name for the day which marked the beginning of summer.

In recent times, Beltane has been celebrated as a modern Pagan festival.