Published on May 21st, 2013 | by admin
Sant Joan Festivity 2013 “Beach + Fire”
Be Hostels wants to invite you to the Sant Joan Festival in Barcelona. This is the party where we welcome the arrival of summer by celebrating the shortest night of the year! Everyone will be sleepless because celebrating Sant Joan means waiting for the sun to rise. Join this exciting event and stay in Barcelona with Be Hostels!
In Catalunya a great deal of emphasis is placed on the Summer Solstice – the shortest night of the year. It is a public holiday known for the electric energy in the air and the crazy parties that take place. If you are in Barcelona during this period, there is no way that you will miss the date: bonfires on the streets and the constant sounds of fireworks will make sure of that! The celebrations take place on June 23rd each year, but the actual holiday is on June 24th.
This celebration, which takes place from late afternoon until the first ray of sunlight, is called the “verbena” and takes fire as its main element. Fireworks and bonfires turn the city into a huge fire display, with thousands of fireworks scattering through the streets and sky, giving this celebration a lot of joy and colour.
At midnight, people take their old furniture to the beach set it on fire. The bonfires on the beach are a symbol of the burning and disappearance of winter. Meanwhile, the Chiringuito-Bars (Terrace Bars) on the beach will play mainly house music and some DJs will bring their special equipment to get the party started. While the fires are burning, people dance all night long till dawn.
Clearly, Sant Joan is definitely not a night to sleep!