People could exorcise demons, ward of evil spirits and celebrate the coming of a new season.
What burned in the fire was symbolic of the ‘demons’ within and the sense of ‘evil spirits’ beyond. The fire warned of an impending threat.
How do we deal with the ghosts that were created by those who were sent to an early grave, while those who rattled the bones of the dead, profited on the sacred soil of the departed?
We can’t burn our past in the bone-fire.
We can only pray for a sense of acceptance that embraces everyone. All traditions. All choices. All commemorations. All bonfires. All religions. All races. All traditions. All marches.
We need to bury our bones and embrace the possibility of a new society.