The heatwaves we’ve had all over Andalucía are the biggest sign that Summer is here to stay, at least for the next 3 months. As it does every year, la Noche de San Juan (known as the Hogueras, or bonfires) quickly came around, and the narrow highways became packed as people gathered to celebrate Summer solstice along the Mediterranean Coast…
The air is filled with the sweet smell of barbeques and tiny wood campfires.
Once the sun sets, several enormous bonfires are lit up and down the entire Coast, and the music and festivities begin.
You’ll sometimes see people jumping over small campfires. It’s supposed to symbolize a cleansing, as the jumpers’ sins and problems are “burned away”.
Then, just as midnight is about to strike, fireworks are set off and everyone begins a disorganized and crazy countdown as they race towards the shore to jump into the sea together for another ‘cleansing’ before continuing on with BBQs and a generous pouring of rum…
How did you spend your Summer solstice?
P.S. I’ll be working at a language summer camp in the Spanish countryside for the summer. I’ll have zero internet, sporadic cell phone reception, and the nearest village will be a 45-minute walk away. Feel free to continue leaving comments, and I’ll respond when I can! :)