Scotland’s Bewitching Festivals

Any time of the year is a great time to visit Edinburgh. History, natural beauty, financial hub and educational center par excellence, Scotland’s capital city has something to interest everybody. In addition there are special events and happenings almost all year- round to spice up your trip.

A late summer vacation to Scotland in August can fill your days with a host of activities, particularly in Edinburgh. A cultural feast awaits visitors at the Edinburgh International Festival with classical music, opera, dance and theater. First started in 1947, the festival now runs over three weeks at six major theaters and concert halls providing a rich mix of art forms from all over the world. The 2006 festival begins on August 13th and is the core for a host of other festivals and activities at its fringe, collectively forming the Edinburgh Festival. The 2005 Fringe festival had nearly 27,000 performances at 250 venues.

Charlotte Square is the location of the much awaited Book Festival where authors and others discuss books, participate in creative workshops and debates, all for free. Films from all over the world are screened at the world famous Edinburgh Film festival, another August affair! The Edinburgh Mela brings the food and frolic of this diverse city into the forefront with ethnic food music and dance. The Jazz Festival and Military Tattoo bring in other rhythms and colors during the balmy summer.

Come winter and it is time for a month long Christmas Festival, with lights and mulled wine and party spirit overflowing every where in Edinburgh. The year ends with Hogmanay and nonstop entertainment in the streets from December 29th till January 1st. Music, dancing, human towers and parades fill the streets with sound and color, truly an unforgettable experience. The spectacular torchlight procession on December29th and the One O’ Clock Run on New Year’s Day are among the most popular events.

Spring brings with it the popular Ceilidh Culture Festival, a celebration of Scottish music, dance and poetry. This is followed by a three day Easter festival that draws young visitors from America and Europe to enjoy performers from all over the world in a joyous celebration of youth.