Celebrated on June 23rd and 24th each year, Sant Joan is a special date in the Catalan calendar which marks the summer solstice and the birthdate of Saint John the Baptist in the Christian faith. Crowds gather with anticipation for the colorful firework displays which light up the city the night before the Dia de Sant Joan when families gather for a slice of the special cake known as c oca de Sant Joan. This important date has been celebrated by cultures across the world since a time long before Christianity and continues to play an important role in local culture in a number of countries, such as Sweden where it is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. The summer solstice is, in fact, two days earlier in the northern hemisphere, on June 21st, however, the Christian celebration is set to coincide with the birth of Sant John the Baptist, or Sant Joan in Catalan, born six months before Jesus on June 24th.
Sant Joan eve parties around Barcelona
Verbena de Sant Joan Besito Beach — Beso Beach
Updated May 09 Although the day of San Juan , which in Catalan is known as Diada de Sant Joan , is the 24th June , the most well-known and popular part is the Verbena or Night of San Juan , which is held on the night before, from the 23rd to the 24th June. This celebration is deeply rooted both in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia and Spain. Everything seems to indicate that this celebration, although as is expected with some differences and special characteristics between different towns and that is also important in other European countries, is a Christian adaptation of the ancestral tradition of celebrating the summer solstice or, what is, the shortest night of the year. So, the actual date of the summer solstice, which is usually between the 20th and 22nd of June, is instead celebrated on the night of the 23rd to 24th June, this date is when Saint John the Baptist was born.
Verbena Sant Joan 2020
En Barcelona , Girona , Lleida y Tarragona solo hace falta pasear por las calles y dejarse llevar entre las celebraciones populares. Es en este momento cuando se hace una gran hoguera con las fallas medio consumidas alrededor de las cuales se bailan danzas tradicionales. A media noche del 23 de junio, los primeros grupos salen de la cima y empiezan a repartir la flama por todas las tierras catalanas.
A strange verbena that has to adapt to the circumstances generated by the Covid Almost all of the Maresme towns have agreed to close the beaches and set very strict rules so that a party as ours as this does not become a factor of health risk for citizens. Some towns, such as Calella and Canet will keep them open, but will not allow parties or bonfires on the sand. In Alella , the verbena will be very different from that of other years. When the Flame arrives in Alella, the City Council invites all the neighbors to come out onto the balcony with lamps and candles to light the path of the Flame.