|Where:||Throughout Cornwall starting at Carn Brea|
|Time:||From sunset onwards|
The Midsummer Fires are a revival, dating back to the 1920s, of the ancient custom of pagan firelighting at the longest day; it’s believed that the date was moved slightly from the Solstice many years ago to St John’s Eve, to fit in with the church calendar. A chain of beacons is lit in turn starting at Carn Brea near Lands End and ending near the Devon border. Prayers are said in Cornish before the beacons are lit. Expect local dignitaries with small crowds of around 100 people at each site. The events are organised by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, who do so much to keep Cornish traditions alive.
Make sure you go on Midsummers Eve (23rd) not Midsummers Day!
Click here to visit the website : http://www.oldcornwall.net
Photo by Rahan.
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