Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fogueira de Sáo Joáo ...

... or Papist pyromaniacs. Really, any excuse for Catholics to play with fire.



In Brazi on St. John's Eve families light bonfires and set off fireworks, pop caps and fire crackers and generally just blow stuff up. Or something to that effect. What do I know, I'm Puerto Rican. We just drink blue agave tequilla and dance on feasts days.

Fire is just one more thing that makes us culturally cooler than our pagan* counterparts. The Holy Spirit is represented as fire, the Orthodox have their Holy Fire, we are tested by fire and our sins are purged in the fires of purgatory... really you get the idea. Fire, good. Burning stuff, better. Candles. Incense. Heretics.


*There are only two religions; Catholics and everyone else... pagans.

12 comments:

Denita said...

I agree with you, Kat.

Lydia McGrew said...

Um, given the post below on driving people away from the church, may I humbly suggest that exuberant references to the joyousness of burning heretics are not _exactly_ the most attractive thing a Catholic can blog. Mind you, I am a happy Protestant with no leanings towards becoming Catholic, so it makes no practical difference to me, personally. But it was just a bit of an eyebrow-raiser to see this post and then to scroll down and see the other.

Larissa said...

The whole month of June is filled with feasts that we celebrate in such fashion( St. Anthony, St. Peter and St. Paul,etc), though none as big as St Jonh's. We dance wearing silly outfits, drink and eat a lot. Oh, and we play jump the bonfire, but that's a little dangerous, especially after the drinks.

Shark Bait said...

Agreed Lydia.

Plus, and I hate to break this to you, we "heretics" have also discovered fire; and running water.

I'm just saying.

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The Crescat said...

yes... but we made it cooler, Shark Bait.

Smooches.

Just another mad Catholic said...

I'm with Kat on this one - protestatns only discovered incense 200yrs ago + they have yet to rediscover a valid priesthood. = Catholics Rule!!

Shark Bait said...

Maybe, but after 800 years you still haven't figured out that your shirt is on backwards. ;-)

Charlie said...

Hurrah for having a sense of humor and not reading into things.

Sancta Camerinus said...

Don't forget buring heretical books.

Thom, sfo said...

It's funny that you mention pagans with fire on SJB's day... because the fires were originally lit for the Solstice in honor of the Horned God at the height of his power at Midsummer.

Rick said...

Then there's water. In the Philippines, people splash each other during the feast of St. John the Baptist.

randomlyrational said...

In Québec, Canada, St. Jean Baptiste is considered their national feast day. There is a lot of smoke! One of my friends made a massive bonfire out of his shed and logs from trees he had cut down. Then him, his parents, and 12 siblings knelt around it and prayed the rosary!