This Thursday, June 23, 2022, the San Juans night, one of the most important and special festivals of the whole year. In it, superstition and tradition are mixed, giving rise to a magical night in which bonfires are lit as a purifying ritual.
Each place has its own customs for celebrate the night of San Juan, but there is always a common element: fire. It represents the opportunity to chase away evil spirits and leave everything bad behind to start over.
In many coastal cities of Spain, such as Alicante or La Coruña, they light up bonfires on the beach and there are several traditions around them: jumping over the fire, bathing in the sea with your back to the waves, writing your wishes on paper and throwing it into the fire…
Duration of the Night of San Juan
Talking about How long is the Night of San Juan?, there is a general belief that it is the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere and the longest in the southern one. But really it’s not so.
In reality, these take place in the Summer Solstice, which this 2022 took place on June 21. In Spain, on June 21, 2022 at 11:14 a.m., summer officially began. The season will last until September 23.
After the summer solstice the hours of light are reduced progressively, until at the autumn equinox the day and night last exactly the same.
solstice and equinox
The planet Earth takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours to go around the Sun. The Earth’s orbit is elliptical, so that when the point of the orbit coincides with one of the ends of the major axis of the elliptical It is known by the name of solstice, which happens twice a year, in summer and winter.
At the summer solstice, the longest day of the yearwhile at the winter solstice the night is the longest of the year.
When the points of the orbit in which the planet Earth coincides with the extremes of the minor axis, the equinoxes, spring and autumn.
From the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days get longer. From the summer solstice, the nights gradually lengthen.
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