Bealltainn

Organ + 2 perc., c. 6’00”

“Bealltainn” is the Scots Gaelic word for the traditional Gaelic May festival, held on 1 May or halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Traditional Celts marked the day by lighting bonfires to protect the harvest and livestock, placing yellow flame-like flowers such as primrose and hawthorn across their doorways, and sometimes dancing around the May Bush or Maypole (before burning it later). The celebration was seen as the beginning of summer.

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