Ancient fires to light up Baltic shores (1)

Night of the Ancient Fires 2012 (Andres Kaur/Muinastulede Öö/Facebook)
8/28/2015 3:16 PM
Category: Culture

For over 20 years now, the last Saturday of August has been celebrated as the Night of the Ancient Lights. This year is no different - hundreds of bonfires will light up the shores of the Baltic Sea to connect people with their ancestors and their neighbors.

Bonfires will be lit in the evening of August 29 at 20:30. You can see the locations or add your own here.

(Photo: Jüri Voit/Muinastulede Öö/Facebook)

The tradition will be observed all around the Baltic coasts, symbolizing unity of coastal and seafaring peoples and recalling the storied history.

This time, organizers also call on people to ponder on the future and identity of Estonia. "If we don't have our own story, we may suddenly find ourselves part of someone else's," they said.

(Photo:Enn Veerpalu/Muinastulede Öö/Facebook)

People are also reminded to use only wood for fires, not to leave any litter or anything else behind after the events, and not to use sky lanterns, balloons or fireworks.

Are you at the seaside on Saturday to take part in this event or just to enjoy the sight? Share your photos with us at minupilt.err.ee.

M. Oll

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