5 districts to celebrate San Juan’s night in Donostia
Next week, on June, 23rd, one of the most magic and popular night of the year will take place in San Sebastian. The tradition behind San Juan’s is celebrated around the globe and of course the city of San Sebastian takes this celebration very seriously. Planning a trip to our beautiful city ? Maybe your dates match with this event! You will find everything you need at our hotel in San Sebastian to get the best out of this experience!
We will give you all the details you need regarding the activities held in Donosti for San Juan’s, celebration, but first of all, let us give you an overview of the San Juan’s origins. San Juan’s night is held every year as a celebration of the summer solstice building up bondfires. This tradition comes directly from the Antic Age in order to “give more strength to the sun” as it is slowly getting weaker and consequently days are shortening up.
If you happen to be in Donostia in June 23rd write down the following events; you do not want to miss this!
1.- Blessing of the Tree, Plaza Constitución. This is probably the most famous part of this tradition in San Sebastian. Every year and usually starting at 7pm the Basque folkloric group Goizaldi is famous for dancing next to a tree located on the square after its benediction by the priest of San Vicente’s Chruch. Next step, stay and watch it burning. After Goizaldi’s performance the bondfire will be set up. Feel free to come a little closer and grab a piece of bark: it brings luck and happiness.
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2.- Reception of the Witches and Magicians, Plaza Latsarien. The Donostian district of Loiola also celebrates San Juan every year. The neighbors light up the bond fire and get ready to experience the intensity of the night to come. The celebration will start up at 8pm on Tuesday, June 23rd showcasing dances but above all entertainment!
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3.- Dances and distribution of flowers, Sagüés. The trendiest district of San Sebastian is also organising events in memory of this important night of June. The activities will start from 8pm on until midnight. The night will start with the traditional distribution of flowers and the party will continue with dances and music. Like in the other neighborhoods of Donostia, a bondfire will obviously be set up as well.
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4.- Parade of txistularis, Amara Berri. In the disctrict of Anoeta, the Choir San Juan de Ikasbide will parade through the neighborhood Amara Berri, along with txistularis; starting from 7:30pm onwards. Later in the evening, at 10:30pm they will light up San Juan’s Bondfire. There will be incantations and dances all night long and the program of these activity will close with the famous bull on fire.
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5.- Theatre for kids, Intxaurrondo. If you are planning on visiting San Sebastian with your kids, you cannot miss this free entertaining activity especially designed for kids held plaza Bernat Etxepare. The very sympatic team of the Irrien Lagunak theater company will make your kids smile from 6:30pm on.
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Enjoy your stay at our hotel in San Sebastian!
I hope you enjoy an unforgettable stay at the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra.
Do not hesitate to contact our staff if you require any information.
Elena Estomba Garín
General Manager Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra