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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

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.

Ellen Duffy
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Daniel Rannoch
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Ellen Duffy
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Neil Hodgins
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Nicole Taylor
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Daniel Rannoch
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Richard Winpenny
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Sylwia Kowalczyk
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Felix Hartsuiker
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Jasper Schwartz
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Jasper Schwartz
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Jasper Schwartz
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Neil Hodgins
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Jasper Schwartz
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Jasper Schwartz
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Neil Hodgins
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Simon Crofts
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