The bonfire night of San Juan de Labritja | Can Pujolet Rural Hotel Ibiza

The bonfire night of San Juan de Labritja

June 24th is the Patron Saint’s day of John the Baptist, or San Juan, widely celebrated all over the world.

In Ibiza, the bonfire night of San Juan is celebrated all over the island, but especially in San Juan de Labritja, up north, where the fiesta and celebrations are taken very seriously.

Occurring just a few days after the summer solstice on June 21st, it is also a celebration of the start of the summer.

San Juan de Labritja

The municipality of San Juan this year has prepared a programme of festivities and activities from June 9th through to July 1st, including excursions, concerts, theatre performances, peasant dances and traditional food tastings, San Juan macaroni, orelletes, and traditional wine and spirits being the favourite.

The highlight of the festivities will be on the evening of the 23rd of June, with the ignition of the bonfire and a fireworks display.

Tradition dictates you should jump over the bonfire as a way of purifying body and soul, and also throw into the fire something that represents something you no longer wish to have in your life, or a piece of paper on which you written the things you want to change.

The festivities continue on Saint John’s patron day, June 24th, culminating in a concert given by Javier Ríos in the village.

What better way to engage the senses and experience the magic and tradition of Ibiza?

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