|A fire festival would be fun, reading the Fire Sutra and carrying torches (Occupy Beltane).|
|Retro May Day: Beltane celebrations at Edinburgh Fire Festival (A Druid Way)|
|May Day: Russian Pagan rituals and Christian customs (russianfoods.com)|
|Mini Pagabu shrine (sycalaelen)|
It was before Christ, and like so many of our popular celebrations, it has a Pagan connection.
It was when the Festival of Beltane was held, when the day divides the year in half.
Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them. Men and their sweethearts passed through the smoke for good luck.
|Pagan May Day festival (examiner.com)|
It was devoted primarily to the worship of Flora, the Goddess of Flowers. The festival ran from April 28 to May 2.
|Pagan calendar (paganarch.com)|
But it was revived when the Puritans lost power in England, though it was less robust than before.
Gradually, it came to be regarded as a day of joy and merriment for children rather than ancient fertility rites.
|May Day protest or Maypole dance? Keep it down. We don't the riot squad in!|
|Sit-ins, demonstrations, May Day strikes, activism, resistance (struggle.ws)|
|May Day around the Maypole, strong phallic rod, symbol, center of our dance, as streamers gush from up top and girls in their spring best take hold (gemmasjourneyoflove).|
|May Day became the United States' International Workers' Day (happygourmand)|
|Will the lowly worker-soldiers rise up? US troops perform Pagan rituals at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Zhari Province, Afghanistan (Ben Gilbert/GlobalPost/worldtruth.tv)|
|Maypole: Beltaine, now May Day, in Europe in the US is Int'l Workers' Day (happygourmand)|
Trees have always been a symbol of the great vitality and fertility of nature and were used in spring festivals of antiquity.
|May Day: first snake's head fritillary's bloom, North Meadow, Cricklade, Wiltshire (dailymail)|
Similarly, the sacred pine representing Attis was carried in procession to the temple of Cybele on Rome's Palatine Hill during the Spring Festival of March 22nd.
|Christian Puritans in U.S. (haikudeck.com)|