|Beltane is the second of the year's four fire festivals.|
Here are the “astronomically correct” (Sun 15° Taurus) times for Beltane 2020:
5 May 2020
12:51:36 AM UTC
01:51:36 AM LONDON BST
08:51:36 PM NEW YORK EDT
7:51:36 PM NEW ORLEANS CDT
6:51:36 PM ALBUQUERQUE MDT
5:51:36 PM SACRAMENTO PDT
4 May 2020
2:51:36 PM HONOLULU AHST
Some related or coincidental annual events.
April 30 - May Eve
- Walpurgisnacht (witches' Sabbath, after St. Walpurga presumably to co-opt a pagan festival)
May 1 - May Day - May Poles, May Queens, May-dew, etc.
- Beltane / Bealtaine - Celtic bonfire festival
- Roodmas - Mass of the Cross (more church efforts to co-opt a Pagan holy day)
May 4-7 - 2nd Cross-Quarter Day
The point midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, 15° 00’ Taurus
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
Celli Laughing Coyote* has for Beltane, “It officially begins[“others adhere to rigid dates.”] at moonrise on May Day Eve (April 30), and marks the beginning of the second half of the ancient Celtic year. It is the beginning of the Mother's rule and is one of the two most important Sabbats of the year. The festival is the counterpart of Samhain or All Hollow's Eve, the other time in the year that the veil between the Earth and the Otherworld is thinnest. At Samhain, the Otherworld visits us, at Beltane we can visit the Otherworld.
* I’ve been unable to track down anything about CLC. I likely got this “online” sometime in the 80s or 90s. Celli Laughing Coyote, "Yule - Winter Solstice: The longest night of the year," at http://www.whitemtns.com/ which link returns “404 - File or directory not found.” - TR
Walpurgisnacht is a Germanic festival celebrating the start of summer. Walpurgis Night, an abbreviation of Saint Walpurgis Night, also known as Saint Walpurga's Eve, is the eve of the Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia, and is celebrated on the night of 30 April and the day of 1 May. The feast commemorates the canonization of Saint Walpurga and the movement of her relics to Eichstätt, both of which occurred on 1 May 870. [The Church regularly planted feast days at times of pagan holy days to distract from those.]