Festival of Sant Joan 2015 in Barcelona

San Joan, known as the “Nit de Sant Joan” (Night of Saint John) or “Nit de Foc” (Night of Fire) in Catalan comprises a celebration of the start of summer (Summer Solstice) or Midsummer. It is the longest day of the year as the sun reaches its highest point before beginning to drop again.

The long-awaited Festival of Sant Joan (Revetlla de Sant Joan) is typically celebrated on the evening of the 23rd of June in Barcelona but the actual feast day is the 24th.

Night of Sant Joan Celebrations

Visitors and locals alike can expect a huge celebration across the city with bonfires lit on the many main squares, as well as an abundance of fireworks, and the constant crack of firecrackers on the street! Each neighbourhood typically organises their own festivities with bonfires lit when the sun sets and left to burn until the early morning.

There are three symbols of Sant Joan which include fire, water and herbs. Fire is a symbol of purity which is why bonfires are lit, whilst water symbolises healing hence the reason for which people enjoy a dip in the sea. The herbs symbolise a remedy with people claiming that their healing qualities are multiplied by a hundred on the night of Sant Joan.

Finally, people will head to the beach where they can enjoy a late evening picnic, listen to the music provided by the chiringuitos (beach bars) and watch the spectacular firework displays.

Typically consumed on the Night of Sant Joan is the “coca de Sant Joan” (sweetbread topped with candied fruit) and cava (Catalan champagne). To join in on the celebrations compare airfares and get a cheap flight to Barcelona with eDreams. Feliç revetlla de Sant Joan!

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