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Warding off evil spirits! Hundreds celebrate Bonfires of St. John festival in Alcobendas01:28

Warding off evil spirits! Hundreds celebrate Bonfires of St. John festival in Alcobendas

Spain, Alcobendas
June 24, 2019 at 08:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people gathered in Alcobendas, north of Madrid, on Sunday to take part in The Bonfires of Saint John festival celebrated in Spain and around the world.

The common feature of festivities is jumping over bonfires which came from pagan cultures where it was believed to ward off evil spirits. Participants often make a wish while jumping but sometimes they overestimate their skills and end up landing in bonfire and being helped by firefighters.

The traditional festival coincides with midsummer celebrations around the world just days after the Summer solstice on June 21

Warding off evil spirits! Hundreds celebrate Bonfires of St. John festival in Alcobendas01:28
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Hundreds of people gathered in Alcobendas, north of Madrid, on Sunday to take part in The Bonfires of Saint John festival celebrated in Spain and around the world.

The common feature of festivities is jumping over bonfires which came from pagan cultures where it was believed to ward off evil spirits. Participants often make a wish while jumping but sometimes they overestimate their skills and end up landing in bonfire and being helped by firefighters.

The traditional festival coincides with midsummer celebrations around the world just days after the Summer solstice on June 21

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