The beginning of summer is marked by the celebration of San Juan. In the beaches from Dénia (and from many other towns in the region and in the Valencian Community), thousands of people gathered every year around bonfires made in the sand. This is how the arrival of the new season is traditionally celebrated, although for the second consecutive year the City Council will prohibit access to the beach to avoid crowds that cause coronavirus outbreaks.
However, there has not always been a pandemic, nor always, hopefully, will there be.
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When and where is celebrated
The day of San Juan is June 24, so the magical night in which the beaches were filled until the pandemic is the eve, the night of the 23. Traditionally, bonfires could be found along many kilometers of beach in Dénia, regardless of the point on the coast where you will look for them.
There are many traditions and rituals for the Nit de Joan Center. Among them, jump the fire from the bonfire and get your feet wet With the waves when midnight comes to make wishes
Festivities in the hermitage of Sant Joan
The festival of San Juan has always been widely celebrated in the hermitage in honor of the saint, in the Natural Park Montgó. Every year, the festival committee organized a program of traditional events between June 20 and 24, which brought together revelers, friends and neighbors from the area in the hermitage.
The events usually begin on June 20 and during all those days there is a pilgrimage, popular lunches and dinners, and a party at night, in addition to religious acts. However, the coronavirus also stopped its celebration during 2020 and 2021.
Until a few years ago they were planted in Dénia Fogueres of Sant Joan (Bonfires of San Juan), as is the case in Alicante and other municipalities in the province. These monuments were much less numerous than the Fallas and they also tended to be smaller and more spectacular. They were burned on the night of June 24. But this tradition has been disappearing and now the bonfire festivities continue to gather but the monuments have been relegated to something anecdotal.