The Cornish Midsummer's
Eve Bonfire Celebrations
Kithill, Cornwall, England
As the last glimmers of the setting sun strike the heather and gorse of the now still Cornish Moors, orange glimmers of light flicker; fire beacons blaze forth from hilltops from Lands End in the far South West across the Moors to Kithill on the Cornwall Devon border.
These bonfires are a celebration of the Summer , with the sun at strongest, and are lit the night after the Summer Solstice.Though no one is really sure they are believed to be pagan in origin.
The ceremony itself is spoken in Cornish, it climaxes with the Lady of the Flowers casting into the now roaring flames a bunch of herbs, both good herbs, those believed to have medicinal qualities, along with bad, those that are poisonous.Festivals in CornwallFor Bodmin Moor
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The Ceremony in Cornish
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