Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween in Edinburgh



Well we decided to be a little adventurous and spend Halloween at a Samhain festival in Edinburgh. What the heck is Samhain you ask? 
The medieval Gaelic festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half". Samhain literally means "summer's end." and comes from the Scots Gaelic - Samhuinn. It is always celebrated on 31 October  - 1 November. 

Basically, in simple terms, it means fire, acrobats, drum circles and crazy people!



Naturally as soon as the festival started it begin to sprinkle, then pour, then there was a torrential downpour on all of us for a solid 10 minutes. We were all soaked instantly but they kept beating their drums and throwing fire everywhere! It was quite the experience. 

In result, because of the crazy rain, I couldn't get many pictures in fear of my camera becoming completely soaked within seconds. Here is the best video I could find from someone who took footage of last years event: 



I did manage to snap a few photos but, again, nothing too great beacuse of the rain. 



Our friend, Davis, in his costume. This was right before the torrential downpour!

Let the downpour begin!

Me, on my tippy toes, trying to view the show.

I met the doctors and dalek from Doctor Who!


Overall it was a great experience, tons of people and lots of entertainment. I'm not really sure what the main plot of it all was but there was fire and drums and acrobats so at least it was a good show!

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