The Beltania Festival is for everyone that wants to participate! And, when we say ALL ARE WELCOME, we truly mean it. The Rainbow Welcome Center has been set up to welcome you to the festival and create a safe place where you can truly be yourself. With your participation, the 2017 Festival will be one of the best ones yet.
Stop by the Rainbow Welcome Center during the Festival to receive a free commemorative wristband and make a wish/prayer on one of the ribbons for the maypole dance. We will the traditional children’s parade on FridayÂ to infuse the ribbons with youthful spirited energy. The parade will be led by the children of the festival, as well as those that are young at heart. Please plan to join us! Bring your drum or other noise makers, fall in with the frolicking parade, and encourage the infusion of energy into the ribbons. Check the schedule for the specific time.
If you are interested in helping to organize and staff the safe space at the Rainbow Welcome Center, as well as fulfill one of your work shift requirements, then email AllAreWelcome@beltania.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you – we truly mean ALL ARE WELCOME!
About the Maypole Dance
The Maypole Dance is the highlight event of Beltania. You may have experienced or heard about a Maypole dance before and, like many of us, found it to be heterocentrist, sexist, and cis-gendered to the point of alienating many who identify differently or who believe in full equality and representation. So, we have transformed the Maypole Dance, through our intention, participation, words, and symbols, into a BIG GIANT RAINBOW of inclusivity and celebration of love in all its forms!
Traditionally, the Maypole dance is a celebration of heterosexual fertility. The pole represents the phallus, and the white and red ribbons represent the innocent, inexperienced female, and the blood of lost virginity and of childbirth. Only young, pretty, fertile virgin girls in pretty white dresses could dance around the Maypole and so on.
Our Maypole Dance, however, takes on new meaning. The opening in the Earth and the wreath (placed atop the ribbons) represents the Divine Feminine. The pole represents the Divine Masculine. Both are important and necessary, and people of all gender identities help with the preparation. Red and white ribbons are replaced with a riotous array of rainbow colored ribbons representing the diversity of all orientations and lifestyles, the essence which blesses and unites us all. The ribbons are held by the Rainbow Welcome Center, prepared and blessed by those members of our rainbow community who feel called to do so. We connect with the children of the festival in celebration and joyfulness to infuse the special magic of childhood. And it is our honor to carry and present the ribbons in the parade. As the ribbons are attached to the pole and raised up, they form an umbrella of inclusion and rainbow-themed celebration that is the only thing that allows the dance of ALL PEOPLE to proceed.
Everyone is invited to kiss their loved one under the ribbons during the dancing and drumming!Â Come be a part of the Rainbow Welcome Center and reinvent the true meaning of the Maypole Ribbon Dance!