This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Picture Penzance is free to join and use. So why not join our community. As a member you can upload images, add comments, participate in our contests and connect with like minded people.
    All the best,
    Halfhidden (founder member)

Sign up for free today
Membership Is Free
No Adds
Members Only Areas
And lots More!

CLICK HERE

trepolpen

Fire of St John's Eve or Vigil: 23rd June, 2011

This photo depicts a section of the crowd carrying burning torches and firelight down Dock Street from the Acorn, led by Penglas and the Golowan Band. The occasion is the Eve or Vigil of St John., the true meaning of 'Goel Yowann', and a symbol of the zeal of our town's patron, St John the Baptist revered as the herald and forerunner of the coming of the light of Christ. The summer solstice on 21st June marks the longest day of our year in terms of light and 23rd June marks the celebration (23rd June) for Christians of St John's birth. The length of the Midsummer days is symbolic of Christ's light. It is also notable that when. as this year, Corpus Christi (The Feast of Christ's Body and Blood in Holy Communion) co-incided with the Eve of St John, there was traditionally, in Penzance in past centuries, an even more bumper revelry since it was an occasion on which to double up the celebration. People were well and truly fired up!!! The feasts of most saints mark their day of death, but not St John the Baptist!

Fire of St John's Eve or Vigil: 23rd June, 2011
trepolpen, Jun 24, 2011
  • There are no comments to display.
  • Category:
    Golowan
    Uploaded By:
    trepolpen
    Date:
    Jun 24, 2011
    View Count:
    1,521
    Comment Count:
    1