Clavie 11 Jan 2018.
Tonight 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. I have a few friends coming for the night and we may have a small party. It will be good fun as the lighted barrel is displayed through the town! The weather looks good so it will be a great night maybe I will take my Christmas decorations down after tonight!
The 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’s a wild night well worth a visit.
It will be a fun night!
Come early .