Beltaine ~ May 1st ~ In Irish mythology, the beginning of the Summer season for the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians started at Bealtaine. Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition, heralding in the season in the hope of a good harvest later in the year, and were accompanied with ritual acts to protect the people from any harm by Otherworldly spirits.
Blessed be this day of Beltane. Wedding day of the Goddess and the God. Hold day of Sacred Marriage. Holy night of Sacred Union. The fertile Goddess of Summer walks through the land with the Great Horned God of the Forest, and the dark time of Winter is behind me.
Hawthorn by Peter Pracownik. "The Hawthorn (Celtic name Huath) flowers at Beltane, the third and final rite of Spring. It celebrates the vanquishing of the Dark Lord of Winter and the advent of the rampant fertility of New Creation."