Spain´s beaches where full again last night with excited families enjoying a night of fun for the Noche de San Juan, one of Spain`s best loved summer beach festivals.
This ancient pagan festival pays tribute to the summer solstice, and was named after John The Baptist and dates back over 5000 . Although not on the mainstream Spanish fiesta calendar it is one of the most celebrated nights in the whole year.
The Noche de San Juan is a chance for everyone of all nationalities, young and old, families, visitors and tourists alike to get together in a relaxed atmosphere en enjoy each others friendly company. Bonfires are made, big and small, beach parties are arranged, dancing and fun is had by all, barbeques are lovingly prepared and lit and the smell of fish and meat waft along the coastline tempting passers by to enjoy the fun and try some a plate of fresh sardines or perhaps marinated pork on skewers ( Brochetas ).
The noche de San Juan is celebrated on the night of the 23rd June all over Spain, and it is believed that being close to the fires will purify you from any misdeeds that have occurred during the year leaving you free for the coming year of any burdens.
Traditional requires that you jump over the fire three times to be purified, this is mostly left to the younger generation who revel in clearing the burning embers and landing safely on the sand the other side, great fun to watch.
Most town halls, specially those located along in the popular tourism resorts will also put on extra activities such as live music and fantastic firework displays which usually commence around mid night.
The Noche de San Juan is a fun filled Spanish fiesta which all family members can enjoy.