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Samhuinn Fire Festival, an alternative Halloween
For anyone in Edinburgh this Halloween, a great alternative to ghosties and ghoulies is the spectacular Samhuinn Fire Festival
. I'm not going to pretend I know how to pronounce this yearly event - whenever I try, I sound like Michael Jackson. Anyway, it is a wonderful experience of a more traditional way
of marking the transition from summer to winter and lifting the veil between our world and the spirit world on All Hallow's Eve
Expect fire, street performances and Celtic goddesses. This year's event commences at the top of the Royal Mile at 9pm on 31st of October with a procession down the Royal Mile to West Parliament Square. You do not have to buy a ticket but, as this is an entirely self-funded event, donations are encouraged by the bucketeers that you will see milling around. It is a relatively family-friendly event and not too scary.
Further details here: https://beltane.org/samhuinn-fire-festival-2016/
Perhaps I'll see you there...
For more Halloween events around Scotland:https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/scotland/halloween-events-scotland/
By the way, how do you pronounce it?
Are there any 'alternative' Halloween events and traditions that you know of around Scotland?