Last Thursday, a mighty fire raged on campus as the Navigators student society held their second big Easter bonfire. The students had 40 cubic metres of firewood from Unifarm at their disposal.
'Easter is an important occasion for Christians,' says Bouke, 'but we don't want to make it too formal. The main thing is to find an amiable way to talk about the meaning of Easter. A song and a speech are all that's needed.' And they had succeeded in reaching out to people; about 200 people were present throughout the evening.
The Easter bonfire is not a Christian tradition, though. 'It's a pagan practice,' says Bouke. 'Celebratory bonfires were lit all year round In the early days; the Easter fire came into being by chance.'