Celebrate Spring in Edinburgh

Cultures 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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