Last week special electrical utility poles went up a couple of blocks up my street and then one day a string of lights was dangling from pole to pole...
This was set up just around the corner, proudly announcing a group of "Festeros" and their soon to be set "Hoguera":
|Hoguera Avda Costablanca Entreplayas|
I can already smell the gunpowder and smoke! Alicante's craziest party of the year - las Hogueras de San Juan - is just around the corner! Tomorrow night (I think) the official "pregón" will announce the beginning of the festivities and the lights will be turned on! :o)
What are the Hogueras (or Fogueres) you ask? Well the quick and easy answer is a sculpture made of wood and paper and cardboard and paint and anything else that's flammable that the artist can work with. It's a caricature, a satire, an homage, a story. Set up a few days before the Feast of Saint John the Baptist (June 24th), they will all be burnt to a crisp at the end... it's an ancient ritual of renewal by fire that's been going on in many cultures since pre-Christian times.
|"Official" Hoguera 2009 in front of the Ayuntamiento|
For a more detailed answer go read my introductory post to this holiday from last year.
I'm going to try to do a daily countdown to the "big event" photos and videos as things progress so you can join in the anticipation and get a sense of the madness that invades Alicante this time of year. ;o)