Beltane Festival

Beltane in Edinburgh

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‘Sacrifice the virgins!’ screamed a young lady standing next to me in the tightly packed throng, all craning for a better glimpse of what’s happening up ahead. Normally in a crowded public place, this type of loudly expressed sentiment would get you arrested, or at the very least cause a ripple of raised eyebrows.

You've heard of the Beltane Fire Festival right? This is the little sister event. A family day on Calton Hill with workshops and a procession.

Beltane Fire Society celebrates the coming of summer with Edinburgh's annual Beltane Fire Festival, a revival of the ancient Celtic fertility festival.

Edinburgh's Beltane Fire Festival was created in its current form in 1988, the product of a small group of enthusiasts including the musical collective Test Department

Edinburgh's Beltane festival originates from Scottish and Irish Gaelic pre-Christian times. The word Beltane is thought to have derived from a Gaelic-Celtic word meaning "bright/sacred fire."

With its heady brew of drums, fire, theatre and pagan ritual on the top of Calton Hill, the Beltane Fire

The Beltane Fire Festival is an annual festival marking the arrival of Summer held on the top of Calton Hill.

After Hogmanay, the Beltane festival is arguably the biggest party in Edinburgh's calendar.