It’s all starting to gear up for the up and coming San Juan festival on the 23rd of this month, the carny people have drawn their lines in the sand, and have started erecting the rides and ticket booths that will be in action starting on the 21st, in behind Fuente Park.
For those of you not familiar with the San Juan festival, the big party kicks off on the beach on the night of the 23rd with the lighting of the giant bonfire for the summer solstice named in honor of Saint John the Baptist A religious gathering it is not though, as each year thousands gather on the beach for drinks, music, fun and fireworks. It is also the only night of the year that we are allowed a fire of our own or to sleep on the beach.
San Juan is about change, about night into day, about fire and water. Fire purifies and water revitalizes. June 24th is the shortest night of the year, so bonfires are the theme. According to tradition, if you jump over a bonfire 3 times on this night, you will be cleansed, purified, and your worries burned away. Many people write down their worries onto a piece of paper and chuck it into the big fire.
Here are a couple of pics from years past, but you can also see more by clicking on the archives and looking for the June dates for the last 4 years.
While we are on the topic of water and fire, Friday of this week saw the Salobreña fire department visiting the elementary school here in town for some fun with water to beat the heat.