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Estonia experiences safe Midsummer festival as «bonfire guards» registered for first time

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Estonian traditional Midsummer festival of Jaanipäev has been a weekend of active work to the the Estonian Rescue Board, which introduced the voluntary registration of bonfire guards this year.

The Jaanipäev pre-Christian traditions are observed throughout Estonia with spending the night of June 23 at nature spots making bonfires, singing folk songs and carrying out symbolic fertility rituals.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Monday, June 25, citing the Rescue Board spokesperson Indrek Hirs, that the Midsummer holiday weekend was busy enough for the agency, as they saw more summons than usual.

«But thankfully nothing major,» Hirs evaluated. «Rescuers across the country primarily extinguished unattended bonfires, but thankfully nobody was killed as a result of water or fire on Midsummer night.»

For the Jaanipäev of 2018, the Estonian the Rescue Board introduced the opportunity to register oneself as a bonfire guard, which adds to the longstanding option to register as designated driver for the night of the festival, which normally involves considerable conumption of alcohol.


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