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Bonfire Night is a name given to various annual celebrations characterised by bonfires and fireworks.   

The event celebrates different traditions on different dates, depending on the country.  

Often known as St John’s Eve (23 June), a similar bonfire tradition survives in parts Scandinavia where it is known as Walpurgis Night  (30th April).   

St John’s Eve is also a very important celebration in Galicia and Northern Portugal. 

Other cultures also include night-time celebrations involving bonfires and/or fireworks.

Bonfire Night in Portrun has been a tradition for as long as people can remember.