Glastonbury’s Beltane Celebrations 1st May 2024

Glastonbury’s Beltane Celebrations May 1st 2024🐝🌞🌻🐞
Call out to all Bards… this year, in addition to the Market Cross usual spot, there will again be a mic set up on the balcony outside St Dunstan’s House for bardic performers and spoken word.
Also news flash – This year, we have the ‘Red Wilde Women’ to compliment and balance our wonderful Greenman energy… the new May Queen invites the women to wear red with a splash of green (if you are not wearing your May Day greens or Bardic blues) ❤💚💙
Itinerary and timings ‘ish’ taking account of our very own GMT (Glastonbury Maybe Time aka Green Men Time)🤩
Market Cross
10am – Town Crier announcement and welcome to May Day with Glastonbury Town Drummer.
11am ish Dragon Drummers.
11.30am ish – Glastonbury Border Morris.
12 ish- Avalonian Free State Choir.
Entrance by ‘The Horde’.
Balcony outside St Dunstan’s House
10.10am ish – welcome from the Mayor of Glastonbury.
10.15am ish – Celtic Blessing.
10.20 ish – The Bards of Ynys Witrin (Glastonbury).
11.30 ish Avalonian Drummers
12noon ish
– The Sword Bearer ‘Call for Peace’.
– The ‘Flames’ with new May Queen and Red Wilde Women greeting and honouring them.
Procession of the May Pole down to Market Cross
After 12.30 ish Green Men led by current May Queen and King will bring the May Pole Magdalene Street in front of St Dunstan’s House balcony for:
– Renewal, Blessing and Hail of the May Queen and King.
– Blessing of the May Pole with the Greenmen, the ‘Red Wilde Women of Beltane’ and the ‘Flames’ (Unity, Bridget, Rhiannon and Goddess).
May Pole procession up to Bushy Combe led by the new May Queen and King leaves no later than 1pm. Celebrants will attend a White Spring Blessing, others may choose to process up Dodd Lane to Bushy Combe and join the call for the Pole (earth my body, water my blood, air my breath and fire my spirit)
Bushy Combe
The Avalonian Drummers, the Greenmen and the Druids will hold the circle. Order of ceremony:
– the Avalonian Drummers.
– Calling of the quarters.
– Sword Bearer ‘Call for Peace’.
– Marriage of the May Queen and King (all to sit for this).
– Calling down the Awen.
– The May Queen and Red Wilde Women prepare the hole for the Pole.
The May Pole is raised
– The Red Wilde Women will hold the Ribbons while the Greenmen bang in the Pole.
– The Celebrants will hold the circle around the Pole for a moment to call the Druidic Oath ‘We swear by peace and love to stand, heart to heart and hand in hand, mark O Spirit and hear us now, confirming this our scared vow.’
💃🎼🥁 The community is invited to ‘Dance the May’ with music and merry making 💃🎼🥁
When all is done (weather depending)
– The Celebrants will process around to close the circle.
– The old May Pole will be brought up from the White Spring around 6ish.
– Last year’s May Pole will be ceremonially burnt off and offerings can be given.