23 June 2015 by Barcelona Vibes
What is Sant Joan?
Sant Joan Festival is one of the most important celebrations of the year in Barcelona. It’s celebrated on the 23th of June, which is the longest day of the year. On the night of Sant Joan the sun reaches its highest point, before beginning to drop. The sun is considered to be the symbol of fertility and wealth, and therefore it must be given strength, which is provided by bonfires and fireworks. The next day, 24th of June is the actual day of the feast, and it’s a public bank holiday, and most of the stores and restaurants are closed.
What happens during Sant Joan?
In Catalan the night is described as “ Nit del Foc “, which means “the Night of Fire”. The city is filled with little temporary shops that are selling fireworks for the festival, and the bakeries are full of the traditional dish of Sant Joan, called Coque, which is a kind of a bread that can be found sweet and savoury. The locals usually organize their own parties with their friends and family, but if you don’t have a party to join to, the most common place for people to celebrate it, is the beach. During the evening and night people gathers around the beach, where there are firework displays, dancers and musicians. A lot of people continue partying until the sunrise.
The feast of Sant Joan is one the most exciting time of the year to visit Barcelona, you can feel the people’s eagerness towards the start of the summer. The night of Sant Joan is magnificent and filled with excitement and people, both young and old, making the most of the feast! Don’t miss this while in Barcelona and head to the streets with your friends!