San Juan Bonfire Festival

San Juan Bonfire Festival


The celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year; the summer solstice. It is a celebration that is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, drinks, food and friends. Legends, tradition and magical rituals are connected by a common elements: fire and water.

Some mystical people believe that on this magical night paranormal events can occur because ancient pagan gods get closer to humans. For this reason many magical rituals are celebrated. Young people (and not that young) jump over fires which, according to legend, gives more strength to the sun, which loses hours of light during the summer.The bravest walk over burning ashes and sometimes with little kids on their shoulders…OUCH!

It is also a night full of Superstition. If you want to be lucky for the next 12 months you may want to:

  • Jump over a bonfire.
  • Burn a piece of paper with the bad habits to leave behind.
  • Burn something old and personal to leave behind bad spirits from the past and start a new phase.
  • Swimming in the ocean after midnight purifies soul and body.
  • Fountains and natural water resources become magic and have healing properties.

Every region in Spain has different local traditions, however all of them are related to fire and water.