Revetlla de Sant Joan 2010

Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by Natxo

Sant Joan Midsummer's eve at Barcelona
Nit de Sant Joan: Barcelona on fire from the Park Güell

Tomorrow night Barcelona will celebrate the Feast of Sant Joan (St. John' s or Midsummer's Eve) and welcome in the summer. It is the shortest night of the year, shrouded in magic, symbols and legends. Sant Joan is a night to discover.

Sant Joan is the night of the summer solstice, when the sun reaches its highest point, after which it begins to wane. The Feast of Sant Joan venerates the king of stars as a symbol of fertility and richness, with bonfires being lit to give it the strength it is losing.

For the past 50 years or so in Catalonia, the flama del Canigó (Canigó flame - an emblematic mountain in the Pyrenees) has been part of the celebration. From the top of this mountain, the flames spread throughout the region as fires are lit in each community. The flame has contributed to a new vision of the celebration and signifies Catalan unity and identity.

Catalan people eat coca and drink cava to celebrate the shortest night of the year. Do you want to know more about this typical food and about what is going on in the city for the festival? Then check the council website (in english!) for all the info (including coca recipes!). Be careful with the fireworks that are going to be all around that night!

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