Fiestas – SAN JUAN FIESTA JUNE 23RD
The San Juan Fiesta is held every year to celebrate the shortest night and the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of summer.
This is an old Pagan ritual based on fire and water. It originated in the neighboring city of Alicante and dates back to when alicantinos farmers celebrated the longest day of the year on which the harvest was gathered, and the shortest night where all evil is destroyed.This is the meaning of the fiesta, with the destruction of bad feelings and bad experiences, and welcoming new desires.
The fiesta actually starts with the building of the bonfires etc from 21st June (Summer Solstice) but the main fiesta where everyone will be on the beach starts at around 20.30 on 23rd June and runs into the early hours of 24th.
Unfortunately this is not held in Benidorm itself due to the strict laws prohibiting beach parties and fires but there will be plenty of people on the beaches running into the sea to bring in San Juan, there will also be a stage with live DJ´s etc on the Levante Beach (old town end). The main events are only a short distance away either in Albir or La Cala de Finestrat.
The Fire Element
Huge bonfires and papier mache figures are built on the beaches, and tradition has it that if you jump over them 3 times your spirit will be cleansed and purified.
At midnight the bonfires are lit and people will be seen jumping over the ashes to “Cleanse the Spirit”
The Water Element
According to Pagan tradition the water element is seen to recuperate and rejuvenate again bringing good luck for the coming year.
As midnight approaches everyone moves closer to the shore line where some will just paddle others will go for a swim again this is to bring luck for the new season and wash away evil spirits.
This is a great evening and one not to be missed if you are here. The beaches will be very very busy as its a popular fiesta.
Pack swimwear and do what all the locals do and take a picnic, get there nice and early as there will be 1000´s there. There will be temporary bars along the beach and music into the early hours and of course fireworks, no fiesta is complete without fireworks.