A date engraved in stone: June 21st
, the summer solstice and June 23rd
,the night of the bonfires of San Juan
welcome the new season. The shortest night of the year is also the most magical one thanks to the cracking of the fires that are lit in many places in Navarre
. Some people jump over the flames to 'purify' themselves, while in other old objects are burnt to purge bad memories.
We can say without fear of contradiction that the belief (certainty for some) of extraordinary curing powers has not been lost in Navarre
, especially for the skin. In this sense the spring and the cave of San Juan Xar
in Igantzi are perhaps the most emblematic places.
the young people dedicate the dance of Tríbuli
to the authorities, according to the tradition; in Lesaka
there are parades and a chistorrada
(spicy sausage tasting); in Leitza
is danced and a communal dinner held; in Urdiain
, the night before San Juan a spell has been cast since time immemorial to prevent evil spirits from ruining the crops; in Tudela
the best-known dance is the paloteado
(with sticks), while in Cintrúenigo
they burn an effigy of Chapalangarra
. The heat and the light have arrived, and it's time to celebrate them!