About Samhuinn Fire Parade

As a counterbalance to our sister event, Beltane Fire Festival, Samhuinn Fire Parade marks the transition from Summer to Winter with our characteristic mix of fire-play, drumming, and immersive performance. Our Society has often celebrated the other quarter-day festivals, and after the success of our namesake, Beltane, Samhuinn was our next public event, first taking place in 1995.

Our Samhuinn celebration takes place int he Old town of Edinburgh on the same night as Hallowe’en. The story follows the overthrowing of Summer by Winter, with a dramatic stand-off between the Summer and Winter Kings. This is overseen by the Cailleach, a Celtic representation of the Goddess, or Divine Hag, who ultimately decides each King’s fate and ushers in the colder months.

The transformation from Summer to Winter is supported by the energies and interactions of the Summer and Winter courts through performance, music and dance. The narrative focuses on this conflict and its resolution, but also focuses on the transition that many aspects of life take during the changing of the seasons.

In 2021, the parade has been given the go ahead, but we have had to restrict numbers of spectators. Details of the parade (timings and exact location will only be given to those who have registered. Registrations have now closed.

For an idea of what to expect at Samhuinn this year, have a read here.

Where to watch the live stream (online)

We will be attempting to live stream the Samhuinn Fire Parade to those who can’t attend the Fire Parade in person – whether that is because of geography or not feeling comfortable participating in live events yet, we want to allow everyone to witness Samhuinn in a way that suits them.

  • 📍 Online – see our Facebook event page here.
  • 🕰️ Sunday 31st October, evening – exact times will be announced on the day.
  • 🎟️ Unticketed but please consider donating here (suggested amount £5 or PAYF).
  • 👻This is something new so please excuse any pesky digital spirits if we are disrupted…

Watch Samhuinn Hearthfire Digital Festival (online)

Before the Parade is live streamed, we will share our Samhuinn Hearthfire Digital Festival on Facebook Live and YouTube. This is a collection of video pieces created by our volunteers, inspired by the Samhuinn folklore, including stories, music, spoken word and song. Everything that we produce will be archived on our website, so you can also catch up on everything we create after the festival.

  • 📍 Online – see our Facebook event page here.
  • 🕰️ Sunday 31st October, 18:30 PM (GMT).
  • 🎟️ Unticketed but please donate here (suggested amount £5 or PAYF).

Join the Facebook events page to keep up today with links, updates and behind the scenes peeks.


Please do not trust any website that says you need to give your credit card details before accessing the stream. All content will be available for free on our social media, the Citizen Ticket/Paypal links are for you to make a donation, separate to you watching the stream online or attending the parade.

Parade Registrations are now closed as we have reached our maximum registrations.


Featured image by Raini Scott for Beltane Fire Society