Bonfires of San Juan of Alicante
The Bonfires of San Juan (Hogueras de San Juan, in spanish) is the most important festival of Alicante and has been declared of International Tourist Interest. It takes place between June 20 and June 24 to celebrate the summer solstice, which falls on the 24th. During the celebrations, bonfires are built across the city, which are beautiful monuments of papier mache and wood, designed with a critique of the societal, political and economical situation. The bonfires are set up in the streets on the 20th in a which is called 'la Planta'
They are finally set alight on the 24th (this action is known as the 'crema'). Also popular is the 'Banya', when firefighters put out the fires and wet all the attendees.
During the Bonfires of San Juan, other events are scheduled such as street parades, firework displays, processions and parades.