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Celebration of this holiday traditionally began the night before St. John's Day, which is on June 24th.

St. John's Eve, June 23, was sometimes known as Bonfire Night in Ireland. It is known in gaelic as: Oiche an teine chanáimh or Teine Féil Eóin. The fire must be lit exactly on sunset and must be watched till the next morning.

In many parts of the country, people still light large communal bonfires at sunset on this day, or small family fires outside their houses.

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