We all love crowding around a bonfire on Halloween night but have you ever wondered where the tradition came from?
Well, during the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter.
Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames, hence the name, “bone fire” which later became “bonfire.”
Personal and symbolic items were also burned as offerings for protection against sickness or bad fortune.
In the 80’s and 90’s, the bonfire was where groups of children and teenagers would gather after a night of trick-or-treating to marvel at the flames, stay warm and perhaps set off some firecrackers.
Alas, in more recent times, bonfires have also become the scourge of fire departments around the country with many now issuing warnings to people about where and how they start bonfires around their communities.
Stay safe out there!