• Posted:Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Get some fire in your belly in Edinburgh

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Get some fire in your belly in Edinburgh
At a loose end and fancy a quick trip somewhere? Then book yourself a hostel in Edinburgh without thinking twice, as the city is holding its annual Beltane Fire Festival on April 30th and you'd be a crazy fool to miss it!

If you're interested, then you'll definitely be pleased to hear that ticket costs will nowhere near break the bank, at the very attractive price of between £6 and £8, depending on whether you buy them in advance or get them on the day itself. So, once you've whipped out that credit card and signed your life away, get yourself down to Calton Hill after the sun has set and, as the organisers put it, "witness this spectacular revival of the ancient Celtic fertility festival in the heart of the Scottish capital".

And if you've never heard of it before, let me give you a quick heads up about the whole affair - its name is thought to mean bright or sacred fire, deriving from Gaelic and Celtic tradition and is held to welcome in the springtime, coinciding with the moving of livestock to summer grazing paddocks. Charming, no? Apparently, every fire in the community was put out and a new sacred one lit by the leader of the village. From this, a couple of bonfires were got going and then people would use this to restart the fires in their own homes and then dance clockwise around the bonfire to bring all sorts of good luck to their families.

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