Feast of Sant Joan in Barcelona
The feast of San Juan in Catalonia is called the Revetlla de Sant Joan, the Nit del Foc (Night of fire), the Nit de les Bruixes (Night of the witches) or the Nit del Ros.
It's a party where the arrival of the summer solstice is celebrated, and it is the longest day and shortest night of the year: June 23. It is tradition here to have dinner with family or friends, start a fire (usually in cities with beach, there are organized bonfires - the purpose of this is to "give more power to the sun" and that from that day on, it becomes more "weak ") and gastronomic dinners are usually accompanied with some coca de San Juan, recapte or greaves. It is also a tradition to light firecrackers and fireworks.
If you spend the Revetlla of Sant Joan on the beach, we recommend that you go there soon (8PM), because people usually fill it up very quickly.
The next day, June 24, it is a holiday in Barcelona, and all the shops are closed, except those usually already open on Sundays and public holidays (Maremagnum for example).
Enjoy the Revetlla de Sant Joan!
Photo: Desig Barcelona