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Samhuinn Fire Festival, an alternative Halloween

VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited October 2016 in Events and festivals
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 :o .

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?

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