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Beginning on Earth day and ending on May Day, this festival is a raucous celebration to herald the beginning of summer and new life. The nine days and nights leading up to May Day are observed for the days and nights Odin sacrificed himself on Yggdrasil, the world tree, for the knowledge of the runes to share with humanity. May Day celebrations are conducted outside, where Bale/Bon fires are lit, Maypole Dances are performed, and other frivolity is enjoyed. Deities of fertility, life, and the earth are honored as well as Odin.