Festival is Flaming Marvellous

October 6, 2008

Author: Alan McEwen

Source: Scotsman News


It was a sight visible across the centre of Edinburgh as three giant effigies burned in the night sky on the top of Calton Hill.

Nearly 2000 revellers had gathered to mark the Hindu festival of Dussehra and its celebration of the triumph of good over evil.

And as the 25-feet-high flaming effigies burnt to the ground last night, hundreds of fireworks were set off above the delighted crowds.

The festival got under way at the Castle Esplanade at 4.30pm, where the parade assembled before leading spectators down the Royal Mile and up to Calton Hill.

The route was agreed with the organisers after they were told they would not be able to use the traditional route along Princes Street due to the tram works.

The Ramlila Parade featured performances by the Lothian and Borders Pipe Band along with the school pipe bands from Edinburgh Academy and Stewart's Melville.

The musicians were joined by Hindu idols, horse-drawn carriages and youngsters dressed as monkeys and demons on the back of three colourful flats for the march.