Lammas: A festival of fire

During the Olympic Games, I kept hearing the same song, since it was used by the national television under images of Olympic athletes. “Sky on fire” by Handsome Poets, you can listen to it here

Yesterday I couldn’t get it out of my head. Every minute I’d start singing again: Let’s start a fire, a fire! Coincidentally, my fiancée and I had decided to spend the evening in Scheveningen for his birthday, so we could watch the final two shows of the international firework festival. I had never been there before and frankly, I was amazed! I have not celebrated Lammas this year… but yesterday certainly felt like a Lammas celebration with many, many people. 150.000 people were at Scheveningen, most of them sitting on the sand looking at the sunset, waiting for the firework spectacle.

But that was not all! In the spirit of fire, several artists held a performance with fire. From Belgium came The World of Pyro, two guys who spun around with fire, ate fire and spat fire, all with the setting sun in the background. Impressed as I was, I felt myself calm down, looking at the spinning fire…

Then, at 21.45, came the first show of fireworks by the Netherlands. There was barely any room left on the sand, with all the spectators sitting down. The sun hadn’t quite set, so the sky was filled with pale yellow, orange and pink. And then with red, white and blue as the Netherlands started their show. It was fired from a flat boat floating in sea. The sound came quite a bit later than the light, which was weird.
The Spanish show was even more spectacular. Because it was at 22.30, it was much darker already, so the fireworks looked better as well. My boyfriend and I both fell silent (though unfortunately not everybody felt that way). Enjoy and be amazed!

It was a great day, in the spirit of fire as Lammas is one of the fire festivals. A day of abundance as well, eating all kind of goods for my fiancée’s birthday, and going out for dinner. My way of celebrating Lammas. I will certainly go there again next year… you are welcome to join me and the some 150.000 people in this great feast!

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3 Responses to “Lammas: A festival of fire”

  1. The Varied God Says:

    Great video, thanks, You should come to my hometown of St. Louis sometime on the 4th of July (a big holiday here) to see the fireworks display they do. It uses the Gateway Arch as a backdrop, and the fireworks are fired off of barges in the Mississippi river. A brilliant display, made doubly so by the lights reflecting off the huge, stainless steel curve of the Arch. It’s really brilliant.

    • dutchwitch Says:

      I’m glad you like the video (I think you mean the fireworks one?)! Fireworks are great, especially near water because it reflects so nicely. I can imagine it looks brilliant above the Mississippi river. Perhaps I’ll go there some day 🙂 The fourth of July is Independence Day, right? I’ve never been to the US before, though I’d like to go there. Preferably when something is happening, so around July 4th or perhaps around Christmas!

  2. Holland, land of water | Journey of a Dutch Witch Says:

    […] was the annual fireworks festival in Scheveningen that I visited last year as well. The wind was a spoiler, blowing fine sand into… well, everywhere, basically, which […]


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