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We're now less than five weeks away from CelticFest Mississippi! 
If you've been enjoying the temperature this weekend in the 'Sip, then you're going to love it this year. The Average Temps for early June are mid 80's so we're looking forward to a great weekend on the Rez! 
We've made the final selections for the Kindred Spirits Scotch & Whiskey Tasting, being held this year on Friday June 3rd during the opening evening of the Festival.
We'll be featuring 6 whiskies from Ireland, Scotland and Wales plus a bonus offering for good luck!
Tickets for the Tasting are limited with just 50 spots and are available on our website through our ticketing partner Passage. The price is $60 and includes weekend admission, 7 whiskies, a souvenir tasting glass and raffles to win a bottle of one of the whiskies with two Glencairn Tasting Glasses! 
It's May 1st which means it's Bealtaine or Beltane in the Celtic Nations.

According to the Irish calendar, summer begins on May 1st and ends on July 31st. This relates specifically to the ancient Celtic Festivals of old when the first of May or Mayday began with the celebration of Bealtaine (pronounced phonetically as "Bee-yowl-tan-eh"), which officially marked the beginning of summertime.

Directly translated Bealtaine means "mouth of fire" coming from the Irish Gaelic Béal (mouth) and tine (fire) referring to the Sun as its light and heat rise further and further towards the Summer Solstice.

For our ancestors, this early summer season initiated the release of the cattle to the summer pastures. It was important that certain rituals were performed to protect them before the journey and so they were driven between two fires where the smoke not only eliminated any parasites on their hides, but was seen to offer protection from illness and theft.

In tandem, the drovers and the whole community followed suit, calling in a healthy growing season for them as well. Those in the northwest would make pilgrimage to the great Beltany Stone Circle in Co. Donegal, which is aligned with the rising sun at Bealtaine as it appears to "sit" on the peak of the only carved stone.

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Registration is still open for Vendors.

 Our 2nd Annual Irish Dance Competition sponsored by Muggivan School of Irish Dance is available on

You can also still register for our Scottish Highland Games Heavy Athletics competitions. We're featuring a Pro Men's Invitational & the National Lightweight Men's Championship this year so for amatuer athletes this is a great opportunity to compete and learn from the best! 
Novice Class available this year!
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