The ancient Celtic festival Samhuinn has been brought to life by performers in Edinburgh. 

A modern re-imagining of the celebration of the turning of the seasons, Samhuinn Fire Festival lights up Holyrood Park each Halloween

Fire performers, drummers, dancers and acrobats entertained crowds for the festivities in the shadow of Arthur's Seat on Tuesday night (October 31). 

Through their immersive performance, they told the story of the overthrowing of Summer by Winter with a dramatic standoff between the two kings representing each season. 

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This is overseen by the Cailleach, a Celtic representation of the Goddess, or Divine Hag, who decides each king's fate and ushers in the coming cold, dark months. 

Samhuinn, or Samhain, is an ancient Celtic festival which welcomes the harvest and ushers in the dark half of the year. 

Usually held on October 31 or November 1, people believed it was a time of year where the spirit world and the world of the living were closest. 

It led to rituals to keep away evil spirits and appease others - from bonfires to carving neeps - some of which are still alive today and take the form of Halloween. 

Samhuinn Fire Festival originally took place on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, but in 2018 it moved to Calton Hill to accommodate the crowds. Since, it has moved to its new home in Holyrood Park. 

It is run by volunteers from Beltane Fire Society, who also hold a midsummer festival on Calton Hill, involving the May Queen and Green Man. 

There is also Imbolc festival, also known as Candlemas, which celebrates the beginning of spring. While Lughnasadh is a harvest festival celebrated around August 1. 

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