The night of Saint John Cala Ratjada

Die Johannesnacht Cala Ratjada

On June 23rd, one of the most beautiful and magical festivals takes place in Cala Ratjada, the “Nit de Sant Joan”. The summer solstice is celebrated on almost all beaches in Cala Ratjada, especially on Son Moll and Cala Gat, but also on Cala Agulla.

You can also meet up with friends and acquaintances for a leisurely picnic on the beach. There is grilling, eating, drinking, talking and laughing. As soon as it gets dark, the beach turns into a sea of candles that everyone has placed around their seats. Exceptionally, romantic small campfires are also allowed at this festival, around which music is played.

Many also dress in white to symbolize inner purity, making the evening even more festive and special. At midnight, some brave people traditionally go into the sea, because that is supposed to bring health and luck.

Both locals and tourists enjoy the magical evening of St. John's Eve full of coziness and romance in Cala Ratjada.

But where does this festival come from?

Even if it is now celebrated in many regions of Europe - it actually comes from Brazil. There it is the second most important festival after the carnival, especially in the north-east under the name of São João.   

Dancing around the bonfire and bathing in water is said to ward off demons. Sometimes flowers or floating candles/tea lights are also left in the water.

This also explains why many Latin Americans like to celebrate this festival on Mallorca and in Cala Ratjada. They usually provide the right music with guitar sound or with jukeboxes.

It is a festival where many cultures celebrate together. That probably accounts for the special atmosphere of this night.

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