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Midsummer’s eve in Spain

This year the traditional Spanish midsummer’s feast – San Juan, in Fuengirola, will be in celebrated in the city’s chiringuitos – The beach bars

noche-de-san-juanThe Municipal Council has decided to support local entrepreneurs by not organizing any major event to celebrate the summer solstice. Instead, every beach restaurant will be holding their own party. The initiative was presented by Mayor Ana Mula and was named Noche Blanca de San Juan.

There will be live music on the beach restaurants. Grilled sardines on a spit and a drink will be sold for the modest price of € 5 during the afternoon and evening of 23 June and all day on June 24. Those who dress in white will get a free aperitif.

For those not familiar with Spanish customs and traditions, here is a little clarification:

To celebrate midsummer is something that most Europeans have in common. The celebration is maybe a little different, but in Spain it takes place on June 23rd.

Spain’s beaches will during Tuesday night on June 23rd be filled with thousands of bonfires to celebrate San Juan. The Tradition about celebrating San Juan is supposed to purify you from evil spirits through fire and water. It is a great experience to join walking backwards into the water at midnight, along with thousands of other people on the beach. Many then fills seawater in bottles to bring home and sprinkle it in the corners  of their homes(holy water). Midsummer is not a public holiday in Spain, but it is more or less expected that you walk directly from the beach to your job the next day.