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  • Las Hogueras de San Juan

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The people of Alicante, a small town on the Eastern coast of Spain, consistently look forward to an extremely important annual tradition: Las Hogueras de San Juan. This festival lasts a week and is centered around the wooden sculptures built and beautifully painted by local artists. In addition to the sculptures, there are daily parades featuring locals in traditional costumes and mascletás that are fired off in the town plaza. At the end of the week, the wooden sculptures are set on fire (by local firemen) and the crowd that gathers to watch is soaked with water. Fireworks are also shot behind the buildings symbolizing the burning of each sculpture. This festival is unlike anything we have in the United States and  is celebrated by individuals of all ages, showing how strong the sense of community in Alicante is. I am very grateful that I got to experience this festival and for my host family's willingness to share with me.

    -Lauren DaSilva

  • Credit: Lauren DaSilva
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
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