About Beltane and May Day
The first day of May is known as May Day, a sacred Sabbat known as Beltane (Beltaine, Bealtainne). Our festival is but one of hundreds of Beltane celebrations happening at this time around the world. Beltane has been celebrated for eons and dates back to pre-Christian Celtic times, and is a fire festival celebrating the bright half of the year. Traditionally, the Balefire is lit to signal the return of the sun’s strength, and people dance around the maypole which symbolizes fertility. There’s a lot more to the history, lore, activities, and symbology of Beltane, but suffice to say Beltania is not designed to reenact or recreate ancient Pagan ways. Rather, it’s a modern celebration and interpretation of this May Day tradition.
About Beltania Festival
Beltania is a retreat, camping festival, and musicfest. It is geared towards those who practice an Earth-honoring religious or spiritual path. We welcome all who wish to express their support of religious diversity, freedom of expression, and worldwide peace and harmony.
Beltania is a four day long celebration of this special time of year that is filled with ritual and tradition, song, dance, learning, spiritual enlightenment, community events, and general merry-making. We invite all friends to join us for an amazing, fun-filled, family-friendly event. We hope to create community, celebration, and deep spiritual connection with each other, with the Earth, and with the Divine as we each desire.
As you may have noticed, Beltania isn’t exactly on Beltane. Colorado weather is a bit better later in the month, and by having the festival later we have found more people are able to attend.
Highlights of Beltania include:
MusicFest on Friday and Saturday with local, national, and internationally-known singers, songwriters, and musicians
Maypole Dance with over 100 ribbons
Our very own “Green Man” and “May Queen” are crowned each year with much rejoicing!
Workshops with special guest presenters and many local talented teachers, ritualists, and community leaders
Spiritual and religious rituals and ceremonies of a wide variety of Earth-honoring, Magickal, Metaphysical, or other Alternative traditions
All night long drumming and dancing circles – and many other opportunities to gather in bardic circles, singing and telling stories around the campfire
Who Comes to Beltania?
Many of the organizers of the festival practice a nature-based spiritual practice and therefore the ritual elements, workshops, and general theme are Earth-based. However, with the wide appeal of many of the musical performers and the inclusiveness and diversity of many of our activities such as drum circles and workshops, we expect attendance from many who follow an Earth-centered, Goddess-centered, metaphysical, neo-Pagan, or alternative/individualistic spiritual but non-religious path. Most importantly, we hope to create community, celebration, and deep spiritual connection with each other, with the Earth, and with the Divine as we each desire.
Anyone who is open minded and wants to either be a part of our community or learn more about our community is welcome to attend. Whether by strange coincidence or a newly emerging pattern of demographics, many of us who come to Beltania (and especially among the staff) have spouses or other family members who classify themselves as skeptics, atheists, or non-spiritual, as well as Christian, Sufi, Jewish or Buddhist. We offer a warm welcome to these folks and everyone who wishes to be a part of our community. The event is held at a UCC Church retreat facility and we are delighted to be there and welcome them to our event as well.