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Bonfire night traditions from around the world

Bonfire traditions from around the world

Remember, remember the 5th of November!

Bonfire Night takes place this weekend and many of us will be heading to the local bonfire, fireworks or even throwing a garden party.

Did you know that people celebrate the 5th November differently around the world? They vary widely across different cultures and regions, often associated with specific holidays, festivals, or historical events.

Here are some interesting bonfire traditions from around the world.

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)

Celebrated on November 5th here in the UK, this tradition marks the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. People light bonfires, set off fireworks, and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators.

Midsummer (or St. John's Eve)

Many countries in Europe, such as Sweden, Norway, and Spain, celebrate the summer solstice with bonfires. People dance around the fires, sing songs, and enjoy festivities on the shortest night of the year.

Walpurgis Night

Celebrated in various European countries, including Germany and Sweden, on the night of April 30th or May 1st. Bonfires are lit to ward off witches and evil spirits and welcome the arrival of spring.


In Scotland, New Year's Eve is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. The largest celebration is in Edinburgh, where the Hogmanay Festival features a massive street party and fireworks display.


In India, the festival of lights, Diwali, involves the lighting of lamps and candles, as well as the burning of fireworks and bonfires to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Beltane Festival

In Celtic traditions, Beltane, celebrated on May 1st, involves lighting bonfires to celebrate the beginning of the warmer season and fertility.


In the Punjab region of India, the festival of Lohri, celebrated in January, involves lighting a bonfire to mark the end of winter and the arrival of longer days. People dance and sing around the fire.

Chaharshanbe Suri

In Iran, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian year, people light bonfires to jump over and cleanse themselves of the previous year's hardships.

These are just a few examples of the many bonfire traditions from around the world. Each tradition has its unique cultural and historical significance, but they all share the common theme of bringing people together to celebrate and symbolize various aspects of life, change, and renewal.