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Certain festivals seem to summarize life in Spain, with our love of having a good time in the company of friends and loved ones. The Night of San Juan is definitely one of these events.

It is a celebration that is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, drink, food, and friends. It is a memorable, almost surreal scene and one that needs to be experienced.

The summer solstice remains a magical night in much of the northern hemisphere. Mythology states that strange things can occur on this shortest night of the year. Certain pagan gods, for instance, make themselves visible during this night and we mere humans also give thanks and realize that the seasons of harder times are still to come.

So welcome to the magical night of San Juan. San Juan is all about changes. It is about night and day; fire and water. Fire purifies and water recuperates, refreshes, and rejuvenates.

Bonfires are the theme of the night. Men and women, young people and children all spend time building these bonfires. According to tradition, if people jump over a bonfire three times on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified, and their problems burned away.

In Bajamar St. of Puerto del Carmen, will be celebrate San Juan, the night of Tuesday 23rd from 9pm, with the folklore bands: El Geito y P´al Porrón. Come and celebrate it with all of us.

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