Bonfires are lit in many parts of Ireland on June 23rd to celebrate St John’s Eve. Though it was once widely celebrated throughout the country, it takes place nowadays mostly in the west. Fires are lit around sunset and the evening is a festive occasion for the local community. It is believed to be an ancient pre Christian custom which celebrated the Summer Solstice.
The ancient pre Christian custom of lighting bonfires on what is now St John’s Eve occurs in many parts of Ireland every year On This Day.
Bonfire Night Buncrana