Why we close next monday/tuesday (23/24)?
The traditional midsummer party in Catalonia is the celebration in honour of Sant Joan (St. John the Baptist) and takes place on the evening of June 23. Bonfires are lit and a set of firework displays usually takes place. On the Mediterranean coast, especially in Catalonia and València, special foods, such as Coca de Sant Joan, are also served on this occasion. In Alicante, since 1928, the bonfires of Saint John has developed into elaborate constructions inspired by the Fallas of Valencia.
In Spain, ancient pre-Christian traditions related to fire festivities are still among the most popular. Bonfires are lit in the streets or on the sand of the beaches, the rituals are jumping over the fire, touching the water that is blessed in the night or making wishes, and there are fireworks too. Special meals are also served on this occasion. One of the centers of the festival is in Ciutadella; but many different cities and towns have their own unique traditions associated with the festival. Midsummer tradition is also especially strong in northern areas of the country, such as Galicia.
The Feast of St John coincides with the June solstice also referred to as Midsummer. The Christian holy day is fixed at 24 June but in some countries, festivities are celebrated the night before on St John’s Eve.