Bonfire Night / Oíche  Fhéile Eoin

The evening of June 23rd is St. John's Eve, or Bonfire Night.

 

June 24th is the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist. It is also Midsummer. 

The evening before June 24th has been traditionally celebrated by the lighting of a bonfire. It is a happy time, with people enjoying the long summer evening and having some gentle fun with neighbours and friends. 

In the olden days the fire used to be lit exactly at sunset and had to be watched and tended until long after midnight. Prayers used to be said to obtain God's blessing on the crops. 

Some people would take the ashes from the fire the next morning and scatter them on their fields.  Any man who had built a new house would take a shovel of red hot sods to his new home so that the very first fire there would be started by St. John's fire. 

This is 2020 and restrictions are in place because of a dangerous virus. This means that people have to be very careful not to take the chance of spreading the virus to other people. 

People also have to be careful not to let the fire get out of control and burn things that were not meant to be burned. 

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