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San Juan

FESTIVAL OF SAN JUAN

San Juan’s night has bonfires, fireworks, music, dancing, sardines and bread. It’s the welcome to summer, and its celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year.
Many towns, cities or villages celebrate this first Summer Fiesta. All the celebrations share some things in common, yet each also has its own characteristics.

 

La noche de San Juan tiene los fuegos, fuegos artificiales, music , bailar, sardinas y pan. Es el bienvenido al verano, y su celebracion occure durante la noche mas corto de l’ano. Muchas ciudades o pueblos celebra este primero fiesta de verano. Todas las celebraciones comparten algo en communo, pero cada tiene su perculiaridad tambien.

 

In cities and towns, particularly those close to the sea, the celebration is very important. Lalin, in Galicia, celebrates O Corpino, during which people touch an image to botar fora o meigallo, to expel evil.

 

En ciudades y poblaciones en particular, esos cerca de la mar, la celebracion es muy importante. Lalin en Galicia, celebra ‘O Corpino’, durante que la gente toca un imagen dedica a ‘botar fora o meigallo’, sacar los malos.

 

In Alicante’s Fogueres de Sant Joan, two hundred bonfires burn all over the city during the night.

 

 

En Alicante, Fogueres de Sant Joan, doscientos hogueras queman en todas partes de la ciudad durante la noche.


In Palamos and Roses (Girona), fireworks and bonfires are held on the beach, while in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the people build bonfires of waste products, and after the fire, bathe in the sea, which they have filled with fruits and flowers.

En Palamos y Roses (Girona), fuegos artificiales y hogueras se hacen en las playas, mientras que en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, la gente construyen hogueras de desperdicio y despues de la quemar, se banan en la mar que ellos han llenado con frutas y  flores.

Men and women, young people and children, all spend their days and afternoons to the preparation of bonfires. According to tradition, if people jump three times over a bonfire on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified, and their problems burned away.

 

Hombres y mujeres, jovenes y ninos todos dedican sus dias y tardes a las preparativos de hogueras. Segun la tradicion, si alguien salta tres veces por encima un hoguera la noche de San Juan, seran purificado y limpiado y sus problemas seran desaparecer.

Another tradition, especially for women, requires the women of the house to prepare perfumed water combining the scents of seven plants including rosemary, roses and laurel, and to bathe or wash their faces in the water, again to purify themselves for the new season

  Una otra tradicion, especialemente para las mujeres, pregunta las mujeres de la casa a preparar la agua perfumado con las fragancias de seite plantas entre ellas el romero,la rosa y el laurel, y banarse o lavar sus caras en la agua, otro vez a purificarse por la estacion nueva.

 

OTHER SPANISH FIESTAS

- Las Fallas, Valencia

- San Fermin, Pamplona

 


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