Tenerife’s bonfire night celebrates the fiesta of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist)

Emergency services in Tenerife dealt with 70 calls related to bonfires celebrating San Juan’s Eve (original post yesterday, immediately below). The vast majority of calls were for bonfires that were burning out of control. There were also a fair number of burns to be dealt with, especially those who had used petrol to light their fires.  Canarias24Horas

Original Post 23 June: Tenerife has its own bonfire night, on the Eve of the annual midsummer fiesta of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist). On St John’s Eve, 23 June, Tenerife is lit up with bonfires and fireworks, and many visitors often think that a summer fire has started early. It will be no different this year, so expect to see plenty of smoke swirling above the hills later today.

The celebrations are far from restricted to the inland villages, however, and very many places on the coast will have bonfires on the beaches and in the harbours. If you are near one, you might even see some people jumping over the flames three times. This is considered to be purifying and lucky, representing a burning away of their problems. The largest celebration of San Juan’s Day itself is held in Puerto de la Cruz, and involves the Baño de Cabras (bathing of the goats), with goat keepers from the hills above the town bringing their flocks down to the coast to bathe them in the sea in the early morning of the 24th … literally traditional scapegoats whose purification will bring good fortune on their keepers and the local community.  El Dia

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