Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees

The summer solstice fire festivals take place in the Pyrenees Mountains each year. Different towns and villages in Spain, France, and Andorra take part in these celebrations. During the night of June 23th to 24th, people carry flaming torches down the mountains. They sing, dance, and celebrate around the fire. It is a very important community and family tradition.

Read more and view the short documentary video “Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees (Andorra, Spain, and France)”: https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/summer-solstice-fire-festivals-in-the-pyrenees-01073

Activities:

  1. What is the summer solstice? Why is that night special?
  2. Describe the geographical location of the Pyrenees Mountains.
  3. List the values and meaning associated with this celebration. Do you know of any other celebrations that are similar?