The Basque Country – The Eve of St John the Baptist Day is Bonfire Madness

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The following extract is from A Basque Diary – Living in Hondarribia, which is available, in print and as an ebook, from Amazon.

Bonfire Madness


On the 23rd June, as the sun sets, the townspeople light masses of bonfires around the town and on the beaches in celebration of St John’s Eve (the day of St John the Baptist being on the 24th). It is another example of a Christian festival being a little bit pagan, as the date falls around the solstice. It is customary to write down the things that are bothering you in your life and throw them into the fire so that they will be consumed. Worth a try.

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