Fire fiesta on La Palma

Poster for St John's Bonfire in La Palvacera, Breña Baja, La Palma island
Poster for St John's Bonfire in La Palvacera, Breña Baja

Thursday is the feast of St John the Baptist.  On La Palma, they have the very sensible custom of holding the party on the night before the public holiday, so that everyone can sleep late the morning after.  Since fiestas often go on until the early hours, sleeping in next morning is delicious.

In Catholic countries, people celebrate the feast of St John with bonfires.  (Any similarity to pagan midsummer festivals is purely coincidental.)  On Wednesday, there will be lots of small, private bonfires, plus bigger ones in: San Andrés y Sauces, San Juan Belmaco (Malpaíses in Mazo). El Remo (in Fuencaliente), and in Puerta Naos (Los Llanos), the witches will dance round a bonfire on the beach.

On Thursday, there will be special church services in Puntallana (main village), and Belmaco in Malpais, Mazo.

Witches dancing on the beach on St John's feast, at Puerto Naos, Los Llanos, La Palma _Island
Witches dancing on the beach on St John

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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