Canarian Folklore: The Eve Of Saint John’s Day

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The Eve Of Saint John’s day happens in the night from June 23 to June 24, and is one of the most magical nights of Canarian folklore. It is also celebrated in the rest of Spain, and in other countries as well, but on this blog post I will focus only on Canarian traditions.

Although not specifically on the same day, Summer Solstice celebrations predate the Spanish invasion – the Guanches believed that the days around the summer Solstice were specially propitious for connecting with their Dead, whom would come back as human-shaped mists coming from the sea.

Today, Saint John’s Eve is entirely devoted to the power of fire and its ability to clean negativity, and its main magical element is the bonfire. Created on public spaces (rural and urban alike), the bonfires are made entirely of salvaged wood – old furniture, pallets and any wood scraps from home…

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