In Spain, San Juan remained a very popular day that celebrates the longest day of the year and the summer solstice day. With roots in both Christian, pagan and Iberians, the San Juan is celebrated throughout the country on the night of June 23 to 24, mainly with big bonfires.
Alicante is the region where the festival of San Juan is the most impressive. Since 1928, this festival is known with its valencin name “Fogueres Sant Joan”. Celebrations include “mascletás” (fireworks where noise mixes with the powder fireworks) and bonfires and pyres are the protagonists of this festival. This is where the shortest night of the year is magical. In honor of San Juan Bautista.
It is a night full of bonfires, fireworks, music, dancing, sardines and bread. It’s the welcome to summer. Fire and water are the protagonists of the night. Men and women, young people and children, all dedicate their days and afternoons to the preparation of bonfires. According to tradition, if people jump three times over a bonfire on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified, and their problems burned away.
Although it is celebrated in in many parts of Spain, the feast of San Juan is especially popular on the Mediterranean coast, where people party on the beach to the end of the night …