Beltane Fire Festival

30 Apr 2017
Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Inspired by the ancient Celtic celebration, the Beltane Fire Festival takes place on the last night of April on Calton Hill to mark the arrival of summer.

An 'ancient tradition with a modern twist' is how organisers describe the Beltane Fire Festival.

Inspired by the ancient Celtic celebration, this event takes place on the last night of April on Calton Hill to mark the arrival of summer.

The procession is led by the May Queen who begins her ritual courtship of the Green Man of winter. Fire archers, torch bearers, bonfires, dancing, food, drink and music are all part of the fun. Some revelers even strip off and spend the evening in their birthday suit.

This is a night where Edinburgh remembers its Celtic ancestry with this historic celebration of the seasons. Performed each year by Beltane Fire Society, its popularity has grown considerably over the years since it was first celebrated in 1988.


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