Clavie Night This Saturday in Burghead.

Last night was wild with incredible winds blasting the country  and the windows rattled all the night, I was glad to see the morning. Tomorrow  Saturday is Clavie night in Burghead (The Broch) and the town will be busy as many come and see this annual fire festival to celebrate the Pictish New Year! The village doubles to twice the size in this small coastal  town and many come from far and wide to see the spectacle. It will be good fun as the lighted barrel is displayed through the town! The weather looks wild  so it will be an interesting night. I am a bit under the weather so it will be a quite night for me.

cLAVIE nIGHT 2013

Clavie.Final preparations are underway in Burghead In Morayshire Scotland as local folk get ready to celebrate the Pictish New Year with the traditional burning of the Clavie. Thousands are attracted to the Broch for the annual event, which sees a tar-soaked barrel set alight and paraded around the streets to ward off evil spirits for the year ahead.The flaming spectacle of January 11 is led by Clavie King Dan Ralph and the local men who make up the Clavie Crew.At exactly 6pm on Saturday, a burning peat will be used to light the Clavie before it is heaved onto the shoulders of crew members and marched around the town. It is some ceremony and if the winds are high an incredible sight

 

 

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