Feast of Beltane Long ago, Celts celebrated Beltane, which was a calendar feast that welcomed summer. Bonfires figured largely into this celebration, and some activities included dancing around the fire, burning effigies of witches(?), and herding cattle in between bonfires. Fire was seen as a purifying source. In recent years, neopagans have begun to celebrate Beltane once more.
Happy May Day! It's origin lies in the Celtic festival of Beltane and the germanic Walspurge Night. Dancing around the maypole's symbolism has been speculated by scholars to mean anything from the pole representing the axis mundi or world tree to a phallic symbol. German pagan religions venerated trees as sacred and held that the universe was a tree. Dancing was a way to herald the coming of summer.