~~June 23, 2016~~
NOCHE DE SAN JUAN
San Juan is a festival celebrated on June 23rd, a magical night that welcomes the summer season
If I was younger, if I was in Puerto Rico, if circumstances were “normal”,
I would would have found an awesome stretch of beach.
There would have been a plan in place for friends, family and beachgoers to get together and celebrate in style.
Puerto Ricans alwys loook for an excuse to party.
What more would be better than celebrating this special night with those you love?
Of course you would always connect with those near your chosen spot and the party would get bigger and bigger.
One big group of people, free from worries, at least for one night, celebrating Puerto Rican culture.
I know it will happen tonight.
Anywhere there’s a Puerto Rican, there will be some sort of celebration.
Have to go out now and find one such celebration.
The celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year; the summer solstice. It is a celebration that is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, drinks, food and friends.
Legends, tradition and magical rituals are connected by a common elements: fire and water.
Some mystical people believe that on this magical night paranormal events can occur because ancient pagan gods get closer to humans. For this reason many magical rituals are celebrated. Young people jump over fires which, according to legend, gives more strength to the sun, which loses hours of light during the summer.
It is also a night full of Superstition.
If you want to be lucky for the next 12 months you may want to:
Jump over a bonfire
Burn a piece of paper with your lover’s name on it
Burn something old and personal to leave behind bad spirits from the past and start a new phase
Swimming in the ocean after midnight purifies soul and body
Fountains and natural water resources become magic and have healing properties
Every region in Spain has different local traditions, however all of them are related to fire and water.
Dancing and praying around bonfires, and in some areas burning rag man, which originally symbolized Judas Iscariot.
Pagan and Religious tradition meet in this awesome celebration.
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~~Noche de San Juan …. Puerto Rico’s Night on the Beach~~
(not the best video but this one explained the meaning clearly and in English)
~~Uploaded on Jul 30, 2010~~
Join LatinFlyer.com for Noche de San Juan (Night of St. John), a centuries-old tradition that brings thousands of people to the beach at midnight, for an evening of celebration, friends and family.
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We ALL are ONE!!