Three Cheers for Summer!

 

bonfire night,

yippee! yahoo! yay!

summer starts!

Around sunset on June 23rd much of Ireland celebrates St. John’s Eve.   Also known as bonfire night, it’s a midsummer tradition that falls very near to the summer solstice–which celebrates the longest day of the year when the sun appears highest in the sky and when summer begins back in the States.  When summer officially starts may be determined by where you live but something we can all agree on–it doesn’t feel quite like summer until school has ended and summer break has begun.

Here on the island nearly all of the sixteen villages has their own unique fire.  Some bonfires are only attended by a few neighbours and larger villages have dozens of people gather around the fire.  Potluck food and BYOB can be found at most, while others might have storytelling, music, or singing.  Rituals around the fire to conjure up blessings for the weather, homes, land, crops, and individuals would have been the norm a hundred years ago, but not so much now.

School is out, summer schedule has already begun, and everyone is feeling relaxed.  Now for the sunshine and blue skies to return our way…

The picture above is one of the village fires on the island this week and is my ‘heat’ entry for this week’s photo challenge.  The haiku is for Ron’s weekly haiku challenge using the words ‘birth & cheer’.

Cheers, Melissa Xx

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  3. Denis1950 says:

    Great story and image Melissa. Reminds me of childhood community Guy Fawkes bonfire nights, a big deal in Australia until they were halted when fireworks sales were banned at the end of the 1960’s. Too many boys causing serious injury to themselves and others and too many accidental fires. But heaps of fun..

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  4. Laurie Graves says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of summer. As a Mainer, you will be amazed to learn that this June has been so dry—June? Dry?—that we would not dare have a bonfire. Still, bonfire or not, we raise our glasses to this most beautiful time of year.

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    • Yes, my parents were saying the same…better safe than sorry. Hope you are getting some rain soon for the earth’s sake! We have been having plenty of it; wish I could send it your way!!

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      • Laurie Graves says:

        I know! Too bad we couldn’t send some sun your way. Last night it rained all night—much needed! Very dry in Maine, not usual for June, but lately the weather has been turned upside down.

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    • Happy Summer Solstice to you! A spectacular day here celebrating the winter solstice, hiking to the highest point west of the island with a couple dozen others to watch the sunrise and a feast together afterwards.
      Enjoy the holidays.

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      • oracleofeerwah says:

        We spent a few years sailing the Coral Sea and living on islands… I love your Island so different to the subtropics … Now we live on an Island in the Sky.
        Doing things for yourself.. being off-grid, living off the land, we’ve done it all; it’s hard but satisfying. Built a few boats, shacks, tree-houses and this huge house… designed and built from the bottom up by me, no help. My blog is a bit unresolved.. if you look at the top of the first page ‘Boats&buildings’ might interest you and your hubby..
        I love your Blog, I’ll keep an eye on it… thanks and a merry Crissy happy new year

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