Pagan Calendar - Fire Festivals What follows is a listing of Fire Festivals celebrated around the world throughout the year. Fire ceremonies, festivals and traditions are global. They are part of all cultures, and probably have been since Neolithic man first appreciated fire. There is undoubtedly a magic about the flickering flame, it is both creative and destructive. Most ceremonies use fire as a purifying force, a solar symbol or as a means of destroying something perceived as bad.