What does Beltane mean? The name comes from the Celtic festival of May Day or Beltaine, which was celebrated at the beginning of summer. This ancient ritual involved fire rituals and fertility rites.
Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival takes place annually on 30 April on Calton Hill. The event in it’s current form has been held since 1988 and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Beltane Fire Society runs this event with funding and support from the Edinburgh Council.
This annual celebration features live music, dancing, storytelling, food stalls, and much more. It also marks the start of summer, which means warmer weather and longer days.
In ancient times, it was celebrated as a fertility rite. Today, it is mainly associated with the celebration of love and sexuality.
What does the Beltane procession mean to you? Is it something you’ve always wanted to experience?
When is Beltane 2022?
Beltane is always on the 1st of May, every year. The fire festival is celebrated on the night before, 30th of April.
Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival 2022
2020 and 2021 pushed Beltane Edinburgh to go online. Looks like 2022 is going to be an in-person festival!
You can buy your tickets here https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/beltane-fire-society/beltane-fire-festival/. Low-income and children’s tickets are SOLD OUT. Standard tickets are still available for £16.74 each (includes a booking fee).
Remember to take warm clothing to the event as Scottish weather can be unpredictable. Check the information and advice from both the Beltane Fire Society and Edinburgh Council before planning your visit.