La Grande Nuit des Feux de la Saint-Jean

The Great Night of the Midsummer Fires

Traditions and folklore, Traditional festival, Festival for John the Baptist in La Ciotat
  • The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, celebrated between 21 and 22 June with bonfires. This is the day on which we celebrate light and the arrival of summer. It's also a new cycle for nature.

  • Saint John's Day has always been celebrated on the night of 23 to 24 June, which is also the birth date of Saint John the Baptist. By organising huge bonfires, the ancients collected the ashes to protect their crops from lightning and storms. But also for lovers, by jumping the fire, it guaranteed their love for a whole year.
    At the very roots of our traditions, Saint John's Day is a time for all of us to get together.
    This year, 23 June is also Olympic Day, which is why a sports...
    Saint John's Day has always been celebrated on the night of 23 to 24 June, which is also the birth date of Saint John the Baptist. By organising huge bonfires, the ancients collected the ashes to protect their crops from lightning and storms. But also for lovers, by jumping the fire, it guaranteed their love for a whole year.
    At the very roots of our traditions, Saint John's Day is a time for all of us to get together.
    This year, 23 June is also Olympic Day, which is why a sports delegation from La Ciotat ‘La Ciotat Sport Basket’ will carry the flame from Mont Canigou to Arles.
    To the sound of galoubets and tambourines, maintainers from Provence and elsewhere will liven up the traditional festivities that bring young and old together in crazy farandoles.
    The parade will leave from the CIQ St Jean car park at 8:45pm and continue towards the chapel of St Jean, the Farandole bar and back to the CIQ St Jean car park.
    The fire will be lit and all the little bundles from the town's various associations will be welcomed.
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  • On June 23, 2024 at 8:45 PM
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