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Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - Light a fire to celebrate the coming of summer among folks who take ancient Celtic festivals seriously—even if it means dancing naked

Beltane Fire Festival, Scotland    Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

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.

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.  – it has traditionally been an occasion for celebration. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

Beltane Celebration - One of the four major Sabbats in the Celtic tradition, Beltane celebrates life. For the Celts, it was a festival that insured fertility and growth.

Dos and Don'ts at Pagan Festivals: Want to have a great time at a festival? Follow some basic guidelines!

Dos and Don'ts at Pagan Festivals

May Queen - Beltane Fire Society 2011 by euan_pics, via Flickr

May Queen - Beltane Fire Society 2011 by euan_pics, via Flickr

May Queen at Beltane, Edinburgh

Beltane Fire Festival 2009 - May Queen at the Acropolis

Beltane Fire Festival procession

Bealtaine (Irish Gaelic), Bealltainn (Scottish Gaelic), or Boaltinn (Manx Gaelic) marks the beginning of summer in the Celtic calendar

Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh. Beautiful.

The Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh

• Beltane Fire Festival • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK • April

Edinburgh, Fife and East Scotland - In Pictures - Beltane Fire Festival 2009

Slavic inspirations

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 21st or 24th June. Convergence takes a look at some of the midsummer festivals celebrated in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

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.

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Photobrook Photography: Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh pictures

Photobrook Photography: Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh pictures

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