Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland. Event has been going on for years and has grown ever larger, now boasting over 300 performers and 10,000 to 15,000 spectators. For many in the festival it is a sacred event, welcoming spring. The central figure is the May Queen who marches from station to station to receive the admirations of Earth, Air, Fire, etc. Her "White Women" are tempted by Red Men. Eventually the foliage of last year is stripped from her escort whom she then brings back to life. Blue men act as security and crowd control, whipping those who will not obey. Columns are a landmark of Calton Hill.