Samhuinn Fire Festival

The Hothouse will be off air for a few days as we are off to celebrate the Samhuinn Fire Festival in Scotland’s most haunted city Edinburgh.

samhuinnThis year the show is taking place in the Grassmarket and the kick off for the ritual death of the summer king and the resurrection of the winter king is 7pm.

Firedancers at Samuinn. Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse
Firedancers at Samuinn. Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse

There will be fire dancing, drumming and spectacle so if you are in Edinburgh on Saturday come on down and join us there. Entry is by donation

Cailleach welcoming the Winter King. Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse
Cailleach welcoming the Winter King. Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse

All the participants are volunteers, as are all the backroom people who help to make this and the larger Beltane Fire Festival held on Calton Hill in the Spring, happen. Both events had their origin in 1988 when a group of enthusiasts including the industrial music group Test Department and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies got together to devise a modern celebration of the pagan festivals of Beltane and Samhuinn. There are at present about 300 active participants, many of them students at Edinburgh University. The Beltane Fire Society is community arts performance charity.

Fire dancers at Samuinn. Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse
Fire dancers at Samuinn. Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse

To find out more about Edinburgh’s pagan fire festivals visit the Beltane Fire Society.

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