Mallorca celebrates the beginning of summer with the Nit de Sant Joan celebrations on the night of the 23rd of June. The Nit de Sant Joan, also known as the Nit de Foc (Night of Fire) or the Nit de les Bruixes (Witches Night) is one of the most brilliant Mallorcan fiestas and traditionally marks the beginning of the summer season. Its origins are unknown although it does seem to descend from a pagan festival in honour of the solstice – the fiesta is linked to fire, the flames are said to ward off spirits which become apparent during this night of the year.
Steeped in mystery and tradition, Sant Joan is a night for lighting bonfires on the beach – families and groups of friends tend to set up on beaches across the island in the early evening, armed with candles, food and drinks, and the evening becomes a huge candlelight picnic – a truly unique experience. Then at midnight, everyone gets into the sea for a purifying bath said to clean away evil spirits. Other traditions include writing things you would like to forget about the past year on a piece of paper and throw them into the fire as well as wearing white.
The beaches do get very crowded, so make sure you get there early, perhaps for an early evening swim and to secure a place to spend the night!
Experience this magical Mallorcan tradition and be inspired by this beautiful island Mallorca.
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