The celebration of San Juan makes even the most practical person superstitious.
The original festival, the summer solstice on 21st June, has pagan roots when rural people gave thanks for the summer, the harvest, the fruits and for having more hours of daylight, not only to carry out their work but also to indulge in a little fun. However, when Christianity came along, they transformed it into the festival of San Juan whose birth occurred very close to the solstice.
Every year, the celebration takes place on June 23rd, the shortest night that welcomes the summer. It is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, food, drink and good friends. Some believe that by performing various rituals they can take advantage of the magical energies of the night and the rites that take place revolve mainly around two elements: fire and water.
Fire: Legend says that the ashes of the fire cure diseases. The custom is related to the prevention of epidemics by the anti-infective power that fire possesses. Also ancient pagan cults believed fire could ward off evil spirits so releasing you from the past.
Water: Symbolizes fertility and purity. The rites of the waves, or bathing in the sea was supposed to assist in finding a partner or having children.
So if you want to be lucky for the next 12 months you may want to –
- Jump over a bonfire.
- Burn a piece of paper with your lovers name on it.
- Burn something old to leave behind bad spirits from the past and start a new phase.
- Swim in the ocean after midnight to purify your soul and body.
- And drink from a natural water fountain as they hold magical healing properties.