Spectacular Celebrations in which the Fire Illuminates the Darkness

by - December 10, 2016

We have reached a week in which the fire is the protagonist in one of the most important national holidays in India: Diwali, the festival of lights. But do you want to know more holidays celebrated with fire in all its variants? In this list, you will see how other countries around the world perform impressive performances with fire in all kinds of events. Here are some:

The great festival of Loy Krathong is held every twelfth month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar month equivalent to western November. During this celebration, hundreds of flying lanterns light up the sky and the river, which suddenly looks upholstery floating lanterns made from banana leaf and hand painted drawings.

The Magic Night of San Juan is one of the most important festivals in Spain. It is celebrated every June 24 and celebrated the entrance of the summer solstice. The fire is also starring in this pagan celebration that should jump the bonfires on the beach to get rid of evil spirits.

Full Moon Party is quite an event that celebrates every full moon of the year on the beach of Haad Rin in Thailand. The spectacular event brings together hundreds of travelers who contemplate games fire in the sand made by the best acrobats of the city. In addition, you can enjoy a drink while watching the show and dance to the music you like.

The amazing Festival of Light in Laos is one of the Eastern holidays celebrated by taking the fire as protagonist. In this festival the local population wears his costumes to fill the streets with lights that light up a candle and lamps made and decorated by hand.

The Fireballs every night of August 31 are caught in Nepaja, El Salvador. Religious people say that this holiday commemorates the fireballs throwing the Devil on the pattern of the municipality, San Jeronimo. Instead, the popular tradition says that these hot balls recall the eruption of San Salvador in 1917.

Let's talk today about a very strong tradition in the Nordic countries, especially Sweden and Finland. It is the Feast of Saint Lucia held today, 13 December, the day traditionally starts in Sweden the cycle of Christmas holidays.

In the Swedish tradition, it is customary on this day of Santa Lucia, the eldest child of each family take breakfast in bed with their parents and relatives. The typical breakfast of this day is very abundant and consists of coffee, mulled wine, a typical spiced with saffron buns called lussekatter and gingerbread cookies or pepparkakor. The girl has to wear a long white robe and wear on her head a crown with seven lit candles. You will often see a representation of this custom in the Nordic art.

A procession is celebrated. The girls and boys wear white robes and on his head a hood is adorned with golden stars. During the procession, the street lights are turned off and only light up with candles that "Lucías" carry on his crown or his hand while singing carols and handing van lussekatter and pepparkakor to neighbors.

The celebration of Saint Lucia is a tradition that has over 400 years old in Sweden before the holidays. Its origin is unclear, as almost all customs and myths. The truth is that in northern Europe during the Middle Ages, and because of the imbalances caused by the Julian calendar, the feast of Saint Lucia coincided with the winter solstice. The people were afraid of misfortune as night demons who they wrested all. So the lighting of candles and extra food from a rich and hearty breakfast on the morning of the 13th (food that was extended also to farm animals) to compensate for the night watch. In any case, the relationship with the holy tradition, light and eyes becomes apparent.

We cannot forget that all religious and social celebrations have an ancestral meaning that bears almost always associated with a ritual. In this case, the initiation rite of winter solstice and the conclusion of the calendar year propitiate the celebration.

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