Posted by Cath on January 21, 2003 at 00:13:25:
In Reply to: Re: old traditions posted by Mike on December 07, 2002 at 13:02:29:
They were also sometimes called bonefires too. Out in the country often bones were thrown in as well. The ashes, when cooled, were used as a sored on fertilizer over certain crops. Makes sense since the crops normally grown are ammenable to that soil pH. And it has been done on St John's Night - also called MidSummers Eve in England - the summer solstice. As the last poster said many celtic tie ins to the Christianizing of Ireland!