Friday 16 May 2014

Beltane Fire Festival

On May-day eve (sometimes known as 30th April!) a couple of good friends from Milwaukee and I went through to Edinburgh for the annual Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill.

It was windy and rainy. And ever so cold. That was my opinion with plenty of layers of clothes on. Those participants who were practically naked seemed to be enjoying themselves far more than the weather should have allowed.

I understand (I have no facts!) there were about 25,000 there.

A small number seemed to be there for the pagan aspects of the night.

A very small group of drunken Irish lads seemed to be there for the naked boobs; and perhaps to let everyone know what loud voices they have.

Most just seemed to be there for the spectacle and to have a good time.

Although we were ready to leave after 4 hours in the cold and rain, it was mostly a good time. Definitely a spectacle.