Beltane Fire Festival 2012
A couple weeks ago, my friend Colleen invited me to Edinburgh's Beltane Fire Festival which happens every April 30th on Calton Hill (overlooking the city). I had NO idea what to expect, but the event sounded like something I would really enjoy. I called up my friend Zoe from my masters course and asked if she wanted to go as well. Back in October for Halloween, Zoe invited me to the Celtic Samhain Festival at the Scottish Crannog Center in Aberfeldy . At the event, you join in their tradition of a torch lit procession through loch-side woods, watch their fire sculptures burn in ceremonial sacrifice and enjoy storytelling, burn incense, fire juggling, soup, apple dookin' and more. We had such a great experience at the Crannog so I knew Zoe would love the Beltane Festival as well.
The event was epic! We all had a great time. There were fire dancers, naked people running around, bonfires, amazing costumes, and bizarre rituals. I took some shots that I wanted to share with you all. Enjoy!
Wikipedia says "the modern Beltane Fire Festival is inspired by the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane which began on the evening before 1 May and marked the beginning of summer.The modern festival was started in 1988 by a small group of enthusiasts. Since then the festival has grown, and as of 2006 involved over 300 voluntary collaborators and performers with the 11,500 available tickets selling out."