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Street parties (Revetlles)

Saint John’s Eve (la nit de Sant Joan) comprises a set of events that celebrate the summer solstice – the shortest night of the year – and that mark the moment when exposure to the sun is at its maximum. Although the solstice falls on 21 June, the festivities are held especially on the night of 23 to 24 June, coinciding with the saint’s feast day. Saint John’s Eve is a collective festivity that exalts life and love. No other celebration can compare to its wealth of symbolism, combining fire, water, medicinal herbs, songs, sayings, witches, dancing and even mate-finding rituals. Street parties (revetlles) with bonfires and cakes accompanied by firecrackers and rockets are common.