Go to the beach at night on the shortest night of the year to experience the San Juan festival in Malaga. This is a magical night that stems from pagan traditions, which is a long awaited event for many people. During this night, there are many malagueños to be found celebrating on the beaches of Malaga.
The San Juan festival is a festival that celebrates the arrival of summer on the 23rd and 24th of June, the longest day of the year. Previously they would light fires to acknowledge the suns strongest rays, and to give more energy to the sun in its new stage, as well releasing a purifying element. Today we continue to maintain the tradition though lighting bonfires, better known as “moragas”, and celebrate summer solstice singing and dancing around the fire.
These “moragas” remain lit throughout the night giving light and life to the beaches, and it is used as a meeting point for the malagueños, who feed these fires with wood, rag dolls known as Júas (in relation to the apostle who betrayed Jesus) and paper, where they will write 3 wishes that will be burnt at midnight in the hope that it will come true. The tradition also involves swimming in the sea at midnight, or at least washing your face in the water, once the paper has burnt, to clean our spirits of any bad that could happen.
If you prefer a livelier scene, we recommend the Malagueta beach, where they have fireworks and free concerts during the night.
You can´t miss this magnificent and magical festival!
OnSpain School, your door to learn Spanish!