When: 11th January 2014
Where: Burghead, Moray, Scotland
What is it?
The Burning of the Clavie is a unique fire festival held annually in Burghead. The tradition celebrates the New year according to the Julian calendar and features a barrel full of staves, known as a Clavie. When this custom first took place is unknown but it is still going strong.
The flaming Clavie is paraded around the fishing village of Burghead in Moray, Scotland, followed by a large crowd of onlookers. Only natives of Burghead are allowed to carry the burning barrels and are known as the Clavie Crew.
The Clavie is taken to Doorie Hill, the site of an ancient fort. Here the Clavie is left to burn out. Onlookers then gather up the embers which are meant to bring good luck.
More info: www.burghead.com/clavie