Entering in May, Scotland became with the Beltane festival, bustling and meaningful.
- About the Beltane festival
For Scotland, the name of the Beltane festival means “bright fire”, after the name of the god of fire Belenos. The festival takes place in the summer, from April 30 to May 2 at Calton Hill. For ancient Celtic people, this holiday was so important that they named May the Beltane month.
Do you know what the highlight of Beltane is? It was the huge fire that was burned at exactly 12 pm of April 30th to mark the end of the winter. According to Scottish traditional culture, Beltane night is when farmers pull the cattle out of the barn for the first time after the cold winter. Then they will take the cattle around a big fire, or let them jump over small fire, with the aim to be blessed against disease. Of course, in today’s modern day, it is not feasible to bring cattle into the heart of the city. Therefore, the Beltane Festival Organizing Committee in Edinburgh rebuilt the program based on the more traditional traditions of the Celtic people. Accordingly, Beltane night is the moment when the elves are unleashed to unleash their power in the world .
And if you have the opportunity to participate in this festival, you will be able to see a lot of characters in strange costumes, like stepping out of medieval stories or ancient myths from thousands of years ago.
2.A few features about the main focus of this festival
The main focal point of the festival is the parade of the Spring Princess and the Green Tree and the entourage around Calton Hill. The final destination is the hilltop, where the Queen of Spring wears a new spring outfit for the Green Tree God and a marriage. The five main colors for the dancers are blue (for wise men), black (the guard team carries the princess’s torch), white (for close female warriors, symbolizing discipline and order), red (for mischievous gods, symbolizing chaos) and finally green (dedicated to Green Tree Spirit).
After that, everyone will gather together where the main fire is burned, as well as admire the colorful dance around the red fire of the dancers.
3. The meaning of “red flowers” in this festival
In ancient times festivals were mostly organized to mark the beginning of spring. That was the time on May 1 in the modern English calendar. The fire in the festival symbolizes the vitality and warmth of the sun, both to ward off evil and to erase the misfortune of the old year.