Bonfires, Music and Fireworks in the night of San Juan


On 23 and 24 June, the Festival of San Juan (Saint John) will be celebrated in the Canary Islands. During this night, there will be parties with bonfires on the beaches of the islands.

The festival celebrates the start of the Summer season, but the origins of the festival can be found in the birth of Saint John the Baptist (6 months before Christmas Eve). The celebration will be in one of the shortest nights of the year.
One of the other meanings of the event is that during this night, spirits are said to be more active. For this reason, there are many different rituals celebrated. Every region has its own ritual traditions.

As a tradition, in many places in Spain, people will jump into the sea. Swimming after midnight, they say, purifies the soul. But not only people jump in the sea, so is it a tradition in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, to bathe goats in the sea. The reason of this is to cleanse them and make them more fertile. The bathing is always being held on the 24th of June, early in the morning.

The Festival of San Juan is well-known across the whole world, but is mainly celebrated in Spain and Portugal. With bonfires, fireworks, music and other events, this will be a night to remember.

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