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17 scorching images from the Beltane Fire Festival

Feast your eyes on Edinburgh's annual body-painted, flame-throwing, nigh-on naked ancient spring celebration
By Niki Boyle |
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Every year on April 30, the Beltane Fire Society descend upon Edinburgh's Calton Hill to re-enact the ancient Gaelic ceremony of Beltane, signalling the death of winter and the beginning of spring. It's a breathtaking spectacle of music, theatrics, dance, body paint, pyrotechnics and smattering of nudity - if you don't believe us, check out the picture gallery capturing some of Beltane's highlights over the past seven years.

You can find out more - and book your ticket to this year's event - at the Beltane Fire Society website.

Beltane 4
Ellen Duffy

Beltane 7
Daniel Rannoch

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Beltane 5
Ellen Duffy

beltane 2
Neil Hodgins

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Beltane 8
Nicole Taylor

Beltane 6
Daniel Rannoch

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Beltane 9
Richard Winpenny

Beltane 11
Sylwia Kowalczyk

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Beltane 12
Felix Hartsuiker

Beltane 13
Jasper Schwartz

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Beltane 14
Jasper Schwartz

Beltane 15
Jasper Schwartz

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Beltane 1
Neil Hodgins

Beltane 16
Jasper Schwartz

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Beltane 17
Jasper Schwartz

Beltane 3
Neil Hodgins

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Beltane 10
Simon Crofts

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