TODAY ON TUES TIDBITS WITH B.J. SCOTT. WE DISCUSS THE CELEBRATION OF BELTANE. Beltane is the ancient Gaelic festival celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and on the Isle of Man. It falls on May 1st, and is one of four significant dates in the Gaelic callender. The name originates from the Celtic god, Bel - the 'bright one', and the Gaelic word 'teine' meaning fire, giving the name 'bealttainn', meaning 'bright fire'. This is the beginning of the 'lighted half' of the year when the Sun begins to set later in the evening and the hawthorn blossoms. To our ancestors Beltane was the coming of summer and fertility.