San Juan beach
Night of San Juan is a widely celebrated night party in Spain. In coastal areas they are made bonfires in the sand, with the fire and seawater: two symbols of this festival.
Religious and pagan night
It is a holy and sacred night but also with a magical pagan aura.
John, Jesus’ cousin was born on June 24, so the birth of San Juan is celebrated. Religious tradition says that John’s father on the occasion of his birth lit bonfires to announce to his friends and family the good news.
On the other hand the summer solstice is celebrated in the northern hemisphere, being a tribute to the sun. The beginning of summer is characterized because there is less distance from the Sun with respect to the Earth, leading to days with sunlight longer and more intense.
This time we opted to celebrate San Juan in Cala de Mijas, where the brotherhood of Santa Teresa has been responsible for enjoying the night with the “Burning juas” Bonfire with rag dolls that are burned at the stroke of midnight. Elsewhere in the Costa, shows are performed being the fire the undisputed star.
Fire and water rituals
From 24:00 began to perform the rituals to harness the magical powers derived from the religious celebration (San Juan) and pagan (summer solstice), in which there are always two undisputed symbols: fire and water.
Some of rituals that have made are:
– Write down on paper everything we want to leave behind and burn it at the bonfire, freeing us from bad luck.
– Getting over bonfires to give protection throughout the year.
– Getting into the water at midnight ensuring health throughout the year
– Jump back nine sea waves for removing negative energies.
– Wash your face with sea water to stay healthy and beautiful.
It is certainly a fun party, of great religious and mystical content that loved to live while learning our pagan rituals and religious history of San Juan in Spanish.