Saint John’s Feast
St. John's Feast will arrive soon and we want to share with you a series of curiosities about the type of celebration that they do according to religions and countries.
The bonfires will be the protagonists of a night that is very magical - ST. JOHN'S FEAST. Do you want to discover curiosities of the type of celebration that takes place according to religion and country? We show it to you next:
Celtas: They celebrated the summer solstice with "Alban Heruin", a celebration in which they prepare bonfires to bless their lands and ask for fertility for women and hope for lovers.
Berbers: They also light bonfires to celebrate the feast and fire medicinal herbs. In addition, they smoke the tools of work and personal objects so that the fire protects and purifies them. In this tradition that comes from the pre-Islamic culture, they jump 7 times over the embers and use burning branches to purify the interior of the houses and the sick people.
Greeks: In their mythology they understood that the summer solstice represented a gateway from the Sun to the Earth of men. The star was reduced in size to illuminate the interior of people to assimilate the experiences.
Hindus: The Hindu tradition is similar to the Greek in the sense that they thought that the ancestors reached the interior of people with the summer solstice, during the "pitri-yana". In addition, in their ceremonies the shamans read the future in the flames so that the ashes of the bonfires of the night of San Juan were kept all year.
Christians: They took as a pretext a pagan festival and adapted it to the teachings of the Bible. According to account, Zacarias lit a bonfire on which he jumped to celebrate the birth of his son Juan.
As for places, each site has its own peculiar way of celebrating it too, such as:
Perupor: These day is present the juane in all the meals of the day that represents the decapitated head of the Baptist and that is made with rice, eggs, olives and dams of chickens.
Cuba: The party they celebrate has a certain carnival and colorful touch with costumes and parades through its streets.
Argentina: Fire and water are the protagonists on this day, so it is said that whoever is pure of heart can walk on fire without being burned and that the waters are purified last night.
Paraguay: They burn to Juda Kai, a doll made with papers and old clothes that represents everything that there is to bury in the past. He is the character most disowned by the people and he is set on fire to exorcise his bad influence in society.
Brazil: Celebrate this night with traditional music, typical food, fireworks... they usually throw a tissue paper balloon to celebrate it.
So, although the origin of this festival is the most diverse and the traditions to celebrate it also vary depending on which hemisphere we are in, fire is the protagonist in every corner during the solstice, a magical night full of mysteries and legends. Will you come to celebrate in our Hotel?