Gather by the fire and celebrate as our ancestors did many moons ago at Beltane, a time of celebration and joy, a time to harvest what we have sown and make sacred vows. Honour the deities, perform sacred rituals, feast and dance by the flame. All are welcome to join in.
Beltane means bright fire, and in earth-based traditions it represents the symbolic marriage of the God and Goddess and their eternal embrace. It is celebrated on 1 May in the Northern Hemisphere and on 1 November in the Southern Hemisphere.
During the festival there will be a feast, ritual and wickerman (burning man) on Saturday; and hand-fasting, broom jumping, maypole dancing and music on Sunday.
Fires are the traditional staple and symbol of Beltane. Traditionally, pastoral herds were driven through two fire posts for blessing and purification. The young, unmarried men would leap over the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure their fertility.
Stall applications for the village fair, bards for the music, presenters for the workshop spaces and volunteers are all now available.
Beltane Fire Festival will be held at Imbil Showgrounds Hall, 15 Edwards St, Imbil, near the Noosa hinterland. Tickets from $60 for a one-day pass (children's tickets also available).