I usually celebrate Beltane around the 3rd of May, but today I'm acknowledging May Day with a few little things I've found for you.
First is an article I found online that that I like: http://writing.tomrue.net/riverreporter/890427.htm
(if anyone has copyright issues with this or the photo I've enclosed this morning, please let me know, and I'll remove them.)
Next is a recipe from my Book of Shadows, because there are no festivities without FOOD!
Here's the May Day Wine for those of you who imbibe~
Take one liter bottle of your favorite white wine and add sliced strawberries and raspberries.
If you are able to find Woodruff herb in your area, add approx. 12 sprigs, to smooth out the overall flavor. If all you can locate is chopped, or crumbled woodruff, make a little bouquet garné by putting the herbs in a little square of cheesecloth that you tie off with string and toss it in with the berries. (some like to make a Faery beverage with this wine by adding a syrup made by boiling sugar water, along with a splash of brandy) Serve chilled in pretty glasses, with edible flowers floating on top!
A note about Woodruff> Since it is an herb, and does have some medicinal uses, please read this before using it, if you have any concerns. http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/w/wooswe31.html
Beltane is a fertility celebration. A time to imbue our relationships, family, and gardens/fields with the encouraging aspect of life for another year.
But, once you've jumped over the Beltane fire, and "snuggled in the woods", you might be hungry so try this one:
Grilled Chicken Skewers~
Cut large chunks of moist Chicken thigh meat into big bite size pieces, and toss into a bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Add torn sprigs of basil, a tsp. of sugar, salt, pepper and a sprig of rosemary.
Allow this to sit white you chop up your vegetables.
(For those of you who do not eat meat, you can substitute large chunks of eggplant, or extra firm tofu.)
Again in bite size pieces, cut fresh green and red bell peppers, sweet white onions, and chunks of mango.
Drizzle with honey.
On long skewers, stack your vegetables along with your chicken pieces, and grill evenly over a medium to high heat until your vegees are tender, taking care not to over cook your chicken.
Here's a bit of Edinborough's celebration from Youtube, for those of you who enjoy making a good flame on Beltane: