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It’s San Juan in Spain today, and together with the Easter traditions and celebration, San Juan are one of the biggest celebrations and traditions the Spanish people are celebrating. But this year the celebration of San Juan will be different from the “normal” Spanish tradition, like the Easter celebrations became too. And the reason why it will be different,- the “new normal” is different because of the coronavirus and Covid19.
San Juan, or as we callthis day in Norway, Sankt Hans, has been celebrated for many years. Both in Norway and in Spain 🔥.
Before the christening of Europe this was a celebration of the summer, and that the sun was turning ( the sun is still turning it was not just “before” 😊). After the christening of Europe, San Juan / Santk Hans became a religious celebration and a celebration for the birthday of John the Baptist. So this celebration has been a cultural and traditional celebration for many, many years both in Norway as well as in Spain. Even before the christening of Europe.
But we celebrate Sankt Hans / San Juan it a bit different in Norway then in Spain.
In Norway, friends and family gather for bonfires, barbecue sausages and slightly different social games and plays. Where possible we gather at the beach. I was raised with bonfire in my grandparents’ garden or we celebrated by the beach. The celebration is quiet and calm, cozy and social, and it is only the bonfire we have left from the old traditions in Norway.
In Spain, families and friends also gather to form the beach wherever possible, but there are many, many more people who narrow down. The beach fills up very early in the afternoon with people. Many have small bonfires by the beach, and these are used for various rituals. The fire is to ward off evil spirits, as well as to burn things from last year on it. Burn bad memories you don’t want to bring into the new year. Some also jump over the fire, and this should bring them happiness and fulfill desires.
Some also throw coins over the shoulder and into the sea with best wishes for the new year. And around midnight, people are wading backwards into the sea to clear themselves of the bad events of the past year and leave them in the sea. They purify the soul on the way in and are ready to enter a new year of new opportunities. At 1am, fireworks are sent out, with wishes for a Happy New Year. In many ways, a San Juan is a New Year’s Eve, a fresh start.
But this year they aren’t allowed to celebrate in big groups, and needs to keep a 2 metre distance as well as following the different restrictions at the beach. Thing will be a bit different.
Spain is fond of traditions, small and large, and they often gather in larger groups, and greet each other with kisses and hugs. There is a kiss on each cheek as well when they are leaving as when they are coming.
This greeting with a kiss on each cheek is a cultural tradition in Spain. A tradition that they can not practice nowadays, and maybe it will never come back again? Who knows? And who knows how long this 2 metre distance and use of mouth and nose cover is going to last? Or the different restrictions on the beach will last?
The Spanish Easter celebration was also quite different from what has been carried out over several generations. This year was the first time there was no parades of any kind. And normally its different and big parades several days in the Easter week here in Spain.
So how will the culture and traditions celebration of San Juan be this year in Spain? People will probably be one the beach and follow the different restrictions, but it will much, much less people the beaches then on a “normal” San Juan celebration in Spain. And…. there will also be people how not follow the restrictions….as it always are….But I hope people think about the possibility of infection even we are in phase 3 here in Spain. The country is fare away from recovered from coronavirus and Covid19.
I’m not going to the beach today and celebrate San Juan, I went a tiny trip last year. This year I’m going to stay home, and reorganize my home so it’s ready for 3 young adults to move in, instead. And this Spanish way to celebrate San Juan is nothing I’m use to do either so I don’t feel I “miss” anything, even it has been very nice to see and experience how they celebrate San Juan in Spain 🔥.
One thing is for sure,- our traditions as well as culture are changing. It doesn’t matter what culture or traditions we had or have. It is changing,- and that’s the fact. And the changes goes a bit faster now at days then cultural traditions often does. And that’s because of a tiny little virus has “created” so many changes and challenges both when it comes to traditional culture celebrations as well as our society in general.
I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Have a great San Juan or Sankt Hans if you are celebrating 🧡. And Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today too 🧡
See you soon 😊
I wish you all a great celebration of San Juan/ Sankt Hans today 🔥🌭. Traditions in different cultures are changing, and it’s a tiny little virus that’s the reason for this changes 🍂. Take care today, and please follow the different restrictions for a safe celebration 💚.
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