|Día de San Juan
||[ Tuesday, 27 Jun 06 | 19:02 ]
Last Saturday was the patron saint day for Saint John the Baptist and it is celebrated all over Spain. Here in Catalunya many people buy petardos or firecrackers and other fireworks including skyrockets. The night before día de San Juan the beaches are crowded with people setting off their pyrotechnics, drinking and generally having a fiesta. Bonfires are also popular.
In Barcelona they positioned a number of portable toilets and added a number of trash receptacles on the beaches for partygoers. Many thousands attended bottellones (think drinking parties.) But they had to leave the beach by 6 am so that crews could get the beaches ready for sunbathers by 10 am.
I spent a quiet evening at home, watching the fireworks from my terraza. The noise finally settled down around 2 am.
People tell me that the festivities combine San Juan along with earlier solstice-based celebrations. I didn't recognize any religious connection, just another chance to party.