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Today's word is gormandize, spelled bultane, spelled BULTANE.

Bultane is a noun that means the Celtic May Day festival. Here is the word used in a sentence by Sara Coughlin from refinery29.com.

"It's believed that when the goddess wakes from a long winter's sleep in March, she thaws the Earth and starts its life cycle anew. This rebirth, so to speak, is what sets the stage for the Pagan holiday Beltane, a fertility festival that occurs one month later."

To the ancient Celts, May Day was a critical time when the boundaries between the human and supernatural worlds were removed and people needed to take special measures to protect themselves against enchantments. The Beltane fire festival originated in a spring ritual in which cattle were herded between two huge bonfires to protect them from evil and disease. The earliest known mention of Beltane, formerly spelled in different ways including with two 'l's or "-aine," is in an Old Irish dictionary commonly attributed to Cormac, a king and bishop who lived in Cashel, Ireland, toward the end of the first millennium. The Beltane spelling we have today entered English in the 15th century by way of Scottish Gaelic.

With your Word of the Day, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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