Beltane is a pagan festival that heralds the coming of summer and the warmer months. Its resonance is felt in many religions and something akin exists around the word, in one format in another.
I joined several thousand others atop the windy Calton Hill at this years Edinburgh celebration (one of the largest in Europe). Whilst most of the Pagans have been replaced with slightly tipsy students or those hanging on from a 60s acid trip, the colours, sights and smells of the festival were thrilling.
I feel I didn’t really get to experience the best of it, mainly because the crowds were too thick, but it was certainly something to add to the events list for next year.