Alicante: St John's bonfires
Alicante lit Saint John’s bonfires (Hogueras de San Juan) on 24 June, to celebrate the summer solstice. Huge papier mache figures, set up in the streets some days before, were set alight on Saint John’s eve. Originally they were bonfires on which old possessions or unwanted objects were burnt to symbolise the purification of body and soul, as well as to welcome in the summer. It is also marks the feast day of John the Baptist.
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