IntroductionSant Joan is a celebration that takesplace during the night of 23 of June.Traditionally, you have dinner withfamily and friends, eat cake fordessert, then throw firecrackers setoff fireworks, and make a bonfire.
Origins and historyThis celebration was started by ancientcivilisations who lit a bonefire, as theynoticed that from that day onwards thedays started to become shorter. In thisway they gave strength to the Sun.
The Catholic Church adopted thecelebrations to make it coincide withthe birth of St. John.
Rituals and traditionsIt is a traditional bonfire made withwood and old furniture.In Sant Joan, people believe thatjumping over the fire will bring themgood luck.
If you get hair wet during Sant Joan itwill grow faster and better.It is believed that some plants andherbs have special properties if you pickthem with your eyes closed that night.
Sant Joan todaySt. Joan is one of the most importantparties in the summer.It is celebrated in a great deal of citiesand villages of Catalonia.It is also traditional to have dinner withfamily or friends. At dessert, you eat cakeand drink champagne.
St. Joan is celebrated by people of all ages. Young children set off different types of fireworks and firecrackers, like pop snappers or light flares, because they can hurt themselves with bigger fireworks.Fireworks Firecrackers
Sant Joan sayings -Qui riu per Sant Joan, plora per Nadal.- -Bany de Sant Joan, salut per tot lany. -Qui encén foc per Sant Joan, no es crema en tot l’any. -Sant Antoni es va enamorar d’un porc; i Sant Joan, d’un be i jo de vostè.
La nit de sant Joan és nit d’alegria.Estrellat de flors, l’estiu ens- arriba de mans de un follet que li fa de guia; Primavera mort, l’hivern es retira. Bona sort per Nadal, desventura per Sant Joan .