1. The Mountains between Germany and Austria
Every year during the sumer solstice, thousands of fires burn on and around the Mieminger mountain range, the Ehrwald basin, and Mount Zugspitze. The symbols in the fire change every year. Locals choose what will be depicted, but they’re kept secret until the fire begins to burn.
3. Gijón, Spain
People meet on the beaches on the night of the San Juan bonfires. In Spain, the summer solstice is also considered a day of cleansing, as the locals burn “old school books, wood, and effigies of malign spirits.”
5. Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia
Kokino is a 3,800-year-old megalithic observatory that was discovered in 2001. Locals assemble there, as it was used to mark the position of the sun in solstice in the past. There’s even a “stone block with a marking on the upper platform” that “marks the direction of sunrise on summer solstice when viewed from one of the seats.“
8. Turov, Belarus
The folks of Belarus celebrate with songs, dancing, and campfires during Ivan Kupala Day. Many traditions are still revered today, including one in which people jump over bonfires. The person who jumps the highest is said to be the luckiest!