As the annual parade season began in Northern Ireland, people set fires, and in Portadon, based on experience passed down from generation to generation, people built a huge wooden tower 64 meters high and then set it on fire just before midnight.
Soon the tower collapsed to the cheers of thousands of spectators, and then fire crews came and sprayed water on nearby houses in an attempt to cool the heat emanating from the burning ruins of the wooden tower.
This tradition dates back to the seventeenth century, when it commemorated the victory of King William III of the Orange over the Catholic King James II, at which time, William King’s ships caught fire.
This tradition, which has a historical dimension, is intertwined with today’s political world, and since Brexit and Britain’s exit from the EU, tensions between social groups in Northern Ireland have increased because the UK-EU trade agreement imposed tariffs and border checks on some goods to be transported between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
This arrangement was followed to avoid exploration between Ireland and Northern Ireland because the open borders between the two sides helped facilitate the peace process.
But the unions say new studies are creating a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, and fears it could erode their region’s position in the UK.
The fire, which occurred on such occasions, caused clashes between police and nationalist Catholic protesters. This year marks the centenary of the founding of Northern Ireland. The first orange parade in Putadon dates back to before 1796.