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Celebrate Spring in EdinburghCultures around the world celebrate the beginning of spring in a number of ways, rejoicing in the rebirth of the earth, and a reawakening after a long winter’s rest.
In Edinburgh every spring, the coming of the season is celebrated in an ancient Celtic fertility rite known as the Beltane Fire Festival.
On the night of April 30th every year, tens of thousands of people come to Calton Hill in Edinburgh to play the drums and parade into the city with thousands of lit torches. Although the idea may be thousands of years old, this festival is fairly new, having only started in the mid-1980s, and growing rapidly in popularity every year.
The main event of the evening is the procession of performers who start at the National Monument, and act out a number of ancient rituals regarding the making of fire, the birth of the May Queen, and the awakening of the earth’s elements; fire, water, earth and air. A large bonfire is lit, which signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Whether you are interested in ancient pagan traditions, or just looking to take part in a fascinating and energetic evening in Scotland, this is a great time of year for a visit to an Edinburgh hotel. Check out ProntoHotel for a great deal on a place to stay, and come carry a torch through the night to celebrate the beginning of a new and fresh season.
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1 Festival Square , edinburgh , gb , EH3 9SR
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The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh, Scotland is a lovely four star hotel worth visiting. Located in the shadow of the Edinburgh Castle, it has been in operation for 25 years, and has an exc...
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1 Princes Street , edinburgh , gb , EH2 2EQ
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The Balmoral A Rocco Forte Edinburgh Hotel is a historic hotel surrounded by famous landmarks and city attractions. The hotel has 188 beautiful and well decorated rooms and suites, designed with the g...
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50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE , edinburgh , gb , EH1 1NE
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Smart City Hostels Edinburgh Hotel is a 5-star hostel that gives new life to the traditional hostel experience. Located in the heart of Old Town, this Edinburgh hotel offers award-winning dorm-style ...
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15 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 3BJ , edinburgh , gb , EH1 3BJ
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Set in a beautifully restored Georgian building, in the heart of Edinburgh city center, the Parliament House Hotel offers stylish comfort and tasteful appointments. Spacious rooms with private baths...
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It was the world’s first Science Festival and it is still the largest festival of its kind in all of Europe. For two weeks in April, the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, turns its attention to the world of microbes and robotics and ideas and inventions at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, from 9 to 22 April 2011. Edinburgh festivals...