Bealtaine is known as a vivid, colourful, quarter day in Ireland's pagan calendar but what exactly were the customs and why does the 1st of May matter so much?

Blúiríní Béaloidis is a podcast created by the staff of The National Folklore Collection, housed in UCD. In this episode, Jonny and Claire bring us through the significance of this important 'quarter day' in Irish folklore.

Celebrating nature, gathering and scattering flowers, and bidding farewell to the harsh winter are all part of the customs to take place between sunset on May's eve until midday on the 1st of May.

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