Day 193

12 Jul

Some 11th July Bonfires around Belfast.

With their roots in the sectarian struggle between Protestants and Catholics, the fires – which are lit every year – have been a source of contention between the two communities for some time. The bonfires are burned to celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, at which the Protestant William of Orange defeated the Catholic James II, and are considered by many as an important aspect of Protestant culture, though many others see them as sectarian; Irish flags and effigies of Nationalist figures are usually burned on top of them.

The bonfires were lit at midnight (hence the lateness of this post).


One Response to “Day 193”

  1. unsouthernbelle July 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    These are striking and scary at the same time.

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