Beltane is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to the aos sí. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe. . . . Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday.
In the past, there were May 1 celebrations, such as dancing around the Maypole, on the fairgrounds in Jackson. I quite frankly don’t know if the pagan origins of these traditions somehow empowered demonic forces. We see through a glass darkly . . .
Daniel 2:20-22 (ESV)
Daniel answered and said:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.
Our Father in heaven,
Blessed be Your name forever and ever. To You belong wisdom and might. You change times and seasons. You remove kings and set up kings. You know what is in the darkness, and light dwells with You.
We lift to You the calendar day of May 1. If there are any curses or demonic influences attached to this calendar day in the state of Mississippi, we claim the blood of the Lamb over them. We declare, This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
May 1 is the day that Lord has made! Any claims that Satan has on this calendar day in the state of Mississippi are null and void.
We lift to You the land of the fairgrounds. If there are any curses or demonic influences attached to the fairgrounds land, we claim the blood of the Lamb over them. We declare to the land of the fairgrounds, The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, The world, and those who dwell in it.
The Mississippi fairgrounds and coliseum is the Lord’s! If there are any demonic entry points on this land, they are now barred with the cross of Christ and sealed with the blood of the Lamb.
Jesus is King over May 1 in the state of Mississippi. Jesus is King over the Mississippi fairgrounds and coliseum. Hail, King Jesus! Amen.