On the eve of the Beltane Fire Festival, Scotland, these costumed participants help celebrate the beginning of the summer growing season. The pagan festival, which has roots in Celtic fertility rituals, also features drummers and acrobats.
The pagan solstice celebrations (Ivan Kupala night) are typical not only for Russia, but many Eastern European countries. The dates vary, but the not usually astronomically correct. In Russia it takes place on the night between 23 and 24 of June.
The most popular festival in Scandinavia, besides Christmas, is the traditional midsummer revelry marking the longest day of the year during the Summer Solstice. A celebration with pagan pre-Christian roots, it is traditionally held either on the or June.