Samhuinn Fire Festival Edinburgh in pictures: hundreds gather to mark beginning of winter at Holyrood Park

Volunteers from the Beltane Fire Society delivered night to remember

The Samhuinn Fire Festival returned to Edinburgh last night - a Celtic celebration to mark the beginning of winter.

Usually located at Calton Hill, the annual event was hosted at Holyrood Park for the first time this year and saw hundreds come out to watch the spectacular event that celebrets the transition of summer to winter with ‘glorious bursts of fire and the thudding of drums.’

Led by volunteers from the Beltane Fire Society, the annual extravaganza has taken place in Edinburgh since 1995, originally on the Royal Mile before relocating to Calton Hill where the society have performed their renowned sister event, the Beltane Fire Festival, since 1988.

The society describe the Samhuinn Fire Festival as ‘a modern re-imagining of an ancient Celtic festival’ portraying a story that ‘follows the overthrowing of summer by winter, with a dramatic stand-off between the Summer and Winter Kings.’

The sold out event gave spectators a memorable night that included captivating fire displays, thumping percussion, acrobatics and dance.

Here are 18 incredible pictures of the event.

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