Like every night from the 23rd to the 24th of June, Saint John’s Night (Noche de San Juan in Spanish) will be celebrated in Barcelona! If you visit the city on these dates, don’t miss the festivities of the shortest night of the year!
Where does Saint John’s Night come from?
Saint John’s Night is a celebration of pagan origin that was already celebrated in Europe in the Middle Ages. It was originally intended to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The night before, bonfires were lit in the fields and at street crossings to prevent evil spirits and witches from passing through, but also to ward off storms and tempests. It was hoped that this tradition would lead to a good harvest.
Later on, the festival was Christianized and dedicated to Saint John, set for the 24th of June. Today, the summer solstice or Saint John’s Night is still celebrated in many countries, especially in Scandinavia and Spain.
How to celebrate Saint John’s Night in Barcelona?
Barcelona is no exception!
This year’s festivities will once again take place on the night of the 23rd to the 24th of June, and you won’t be able to avoid them if you visit the city. Fireworks will be set off all night long, and bonfires will be lit all over the streets of Barcelona.
If you want to enjoy Saint John’s Night, we recommend you visit Barceloneta beach, where the locals like to gather during the Noche de San Juan.
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