San Juan superstition and pagan rituals on Midsummers night

Posted By Chris Newsham / June 24, 2015 / In the news, Malaga News, Marbella News, Puerto Banus, Puerto Banus News / 1 Comment

The San Juan festival came to the Costa on last night, which marked the summer solstice with an eclectic mix of pagan and Christian tradition The summer solstice and the feast day of St. John the Baptist combine both pagan and Christian celebrations on one night.The longest day and the shortest night of the year has had significance in many cultures for thousands of years.
In Spain the celebrations coincide with the feast of John the Baptist on 23rd June and towns and villages across the country will be preparing to commemorate this event, especially the younger generation as it coincides with the start of the summer holidays and the end of the exams.
Massive bonfires are the theme of the night. Tradition dictates that you should jump over the flames three times to burn away your troubles and bring good fortune and fertility. Wishes written on scraps of paper and thrown in are guaranteed to come true, or so tradition says.
‘Juanillo’ or ‘Júa’ figures are also burnt, a similar tradition to the burning of the ‘Guy’ on Guy Fawkes night in the UK.
Around midnight it is customary to wash hands, feet and face in the sea, many people go one step further and have a midnight swim, another opportunity to make a wish, or three.
San Juan (St. John) is the patron saint of Alhaurín de la Torre and Arroyo de la Miel so the celebrations there will go on for a few days and include concerts, dance exhibitions, processions, stalls and other activities.
The beach at Pedragalejo is especially popular as is La Malagueta which has a night of concerts planned starting at 9.30pm on the 23 June. The line up includes Dasoul, Benjamin, Lucy Paradise and Fonsi Nieto, with the DJs de MegaStar Josué Gómez and Álvaro Sicilia.


One Comment

  • David jones
    June 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Was a great night we loved it

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