The history of the Midsummer bonfire dates back to the times of Pagan rituals. The Church had to make a decision. It could either suppress such Pagan Festivals or use them for its own purpose. It decided the latter and the fires were allowed to continue and to occur on the Feast Day of John the Baptist. The Cornish name for the Festival is 'Golowan' translated from Cornish as Gol (feast) and Jowan (John).