Tonight we celebrate the eve of St. John’s Day all over the country. It is the shortest night of the year, in terms of hours of darkness, and the celebrations intend to “erase” the night and extend the “day” until the sun rises again, so huge fires are lit everywhere at dusk, and kept burning all night. The fires are also used to burn old stuff, seeking some type of purification and the opportunity to start anew with nothing old. Students, just off school, will burn their useless workbooks and notebooks. Contributing to the fire should bring good luck, so everyone adds something to burn.Young men show courage jumping over the large fires. They can make a wish as they jump, that will come true if they are not burnt. There will also be lots of firecrackers going on all night.
We are in town this year, so will not be able to enjoy it. In the countryside, it has become extensively forbiden to light fires out of specifically allowed areas due to the very high risk of fires extending out of control. St. John’s eve is exceptionally beautiful at the beaches, because all the fires are lit along the coast, drawing an almost uninterrupted line of light for miles, all night long. Typically, it is the first night that adolescents will be allowed out until late on their own, like a "coming of age" of some sort.
Do you celebrate St. John’s Day in any way?