Apparently “imbolc” means “in the belly of the Mother,” because the seeds of spring are beginning to stir in the belly of Mother Earth.
The festival of ‘Beltane’ was traditionally celebrated on May 1st in Ireland and Scotland and marked the beginning of summer and the celebration of fertility of the earth. The festival was associated with the lighting of bonfires, which were seen as symbols of the sun’s power and the renewal of life.
Lammas Day, celebrated every August 1, is a wheat harvest festival that is also known as Loaf Mass Day. The holiday encourages celebrations and mass gatherings where individuals thank God for the first harvest of the season.
Samhain marked the Celtic New Year, the end of summer, and the end of the harvest season. It also signaled the beginning of winter, which they associated with death. On this day, the Celts believed the veil between the living and the dead was especially thin. This allowed spirits of the dead to visit the living.