Sunday, June 24, 2007

Up in Smoke

To celebrate the arrival of summer, Spain was set on fire last night. In small towns all over the country and most famously on the beaches of Alicante, hogueras, or bonfires, were the center of the festivities. We were in Ciempozuelos, a small town south of Madrid, for Nacho’s aunt’s party, when we happened across the town’s celebration. The celebration cannot compare to those on the beaches, but the meaning is the same. They say that if you make a wish as you jump over the bonfire you’re guaranteed your desire. The same is true if you write your wish on a piece of paper and toss it into the flames. That’s quite different from the old saying of something, “going up in smoke.”


JustMe said...

I love how I keep learning these little snippets of Spanish culture.
Interestingly, last night I kept hearing quite a fireworks display. Do you think it was to frighten spring away and welcome summer?

Amy said...

Could be. The parties here include fireworks too!