Folk Festivals

In Scotland folk festivals are not a thing of the past. We still celebrate the two major festivals of Bealtainn and Samhuinn with street performances in Edinburgh. All over Scotland festivals of the folk calendar can still be found such as Up-Helly-Ya in Shetland, the Burryman in South Queensferry and the Riding of the Marches and many more examples. However, neo-pagan and nu-age thinking has corrupted some of the amazing poetry and traditional meanings these events have and its great to have a space to reflect on their origins outside of any particular religious perceptions and look at the meaning these festivals held for the folk of Scotland.

Samhuinn – Halloween, Winters Start, Guising, Divination and Fires
Samhuinn – Halloween, Winters Start, Guising, Divination and Fires
Samhuinn – Halloween, Winters Start, Guising, Divination and Fires
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AN samhradh buailte linn
Samhradh Samhradh – Là Bealltainn – May Day
Samhradh Samhradh – Là Bealltainn – May Day
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Races, Carrots, dancing and the devils portion – La Fhéile Mícheal – Michaelmas – Autumn Equinox
Races, Carrots, dancing and the devils portion – La Fhéile Mícheal – Michaelmas – Autumn Equinox
Races, Carrots, dancing and the devils portion – La Fhéile Mícheal – Michaelmas – Autumn Equinox
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Martinmas – Sacrifice, Initiation, and Blood
Martinmas – Sacrifice, Initiation, and Blood
Martinmas – Sacrifice, Initiation, and Blood
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Wheat field in Scotland
Lùnastal – The First Sorrow – (Part 1)
Lùnastal – The First Sorrow – (Part 1)
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a Harvest Field full of corn
Lùnastal – the first sorrow (part 2)
Lùnastal – the first sorrow (part 2)
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Imbolc candlemas Candles at St Giles Cathedral edinburgh
La Féill Bríd – snakes, fire and lustration in midwinter.
La Féill Bríd – snakes, fire and lustration in midwinter.
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Lá Bealltainn – The Gaelic End of Winter Festival
Lá Bealltainn – The Gaelic End of Winter Festival
Lá Bealltainn – The Gaelic End of Winter Festival
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Midwinter sunrise Belmaduthy Cairn - Black isle
Jül/Jol – Yule – Breads and celebration
Jül/Jol – Yule – Breads and celebration
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Fools, Cuckoos, the Lady and the Devil – Spring Equinox.
Fools, Cuckoos, the Lady and the Devil – Spring Equinox.
Fools, Cuckoos, the Lady and the Devil – Spring Equinox.
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The may queen Beltane - Edinburgh Carlton Hill
Bealtainn, and May Day Renegades.
Bealtainn, and May Day Renegades.
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Sunset at Fa'side Castle East lothian summer solstice
An Fheill Sheathan, Midsummer, Johnsmass, summer solstice
An Fheill Sheathan, Midsummer, Johnsmass, summer solstice
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