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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