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Saint John's Eve Festival

Saint John's Eve Festival

9 pm Marimon Asprer Boulevard: Bonfire, bbq, fireworks, concert 

Saint John's Eve is such a magical night that it's also known as the night of Fire. It's the time when we bide farewell to spring and welcome summer. In the Empordà, as well as in the resto of Catalonia, the Saint John's Eve Party (revetlla de Sant Joan in Catalan) is part of our festive heritage. In every town, people gather around bonfires with their family and friends, following ancient (probably pagan) rituals. In many other countries, the shortest night of the year is also celebrated with fire taking centre stage. This purifying element is accompanied by music and dancing until the early hours, firewoks aplenty and (in the case of Catalonia) the traditional Saint John's cake, or "coca de Sant Joan": a sweet bread with custard and candied fruit. There is nothing quite like enjoying a slice around a bonfire. But you can make the night even more of an experience if you join in the celebrations of the arrival of the famous Flama del Canigó that takes place in many towns, la Bisbal amongst them. This is a tradition of great symbolic importance for Catalans, inspired by Jacint Verdaguer's epic poem. Since 1955, the Flama has united Catalonia through fire. Saint John's Eve bonfires across Catalonia are lit by torches kindled in the large fire lit at the summit of the Canigo mountain (at an altidtude of 2784 metres) and carried down the mountain in relay. The torch bearers take the flame to every county in Catalonia as a symbol of the survival and vitality of Catalan culture. We invite you to join in the party held in La Bisbal. Aside from all the items featured in any Sant Joan party, we are accompanied by the "devils" of the "correfoc" which guarantee more firecrackers than in any other town. 

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