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The Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. This Sunday 31st October, the Beltane Fire Society will bring back its renowned Samhuinn celebration to Edinburgh with their traditional parade through the city streets and will mark the return of their live events following their move to celebrate online last year during the pandemic. Samhuinn is the society’s modern twist on an ancient Celtic celebration where the change of seasons is brought to life through wild drumming, fire-dancing, acrobatics, and vibrant costumes. Attendance will be by registration through Citizen Ticket, with full details revealed to those who have registered nearer the time. THE STORY SO FAR… When the Summer King first emerged from his slumber, he meant to celebrate the start of his reign with a magnificent feast - but nobody came. Now, too soon for his liking, he must draw his short season to a close and pass the mantle to the Winter King. Sensing his reluctance, the mysterious crone goddess known as the Cailleach arrives. Under her watchful gaze, the turn of the year's wheel must be preserved. But not everything has to be gloomy. The Winter King is keen to remind us of the good things about Winter - the cosy hearths, the hot chocolates and the fireside stories. We've kept the fires lit through the dark months before, and we can do so again.