This is the Christian version of the heathen Midsummer night party.
Usually, the people of Mojácar celebrate this party on the beach as well. Many bars provide sardines free of charge to people. Generally, people start barbecuing in the late afternoon. Large groups of families and friends meet each other to become a ‘victim’ of the biggest virtue, the enjoyment of wine and food.
As soon as it gets dark, people light large stakes on the beach. People dance, drink and play music and eat Manchego cheese or Iberian ham. The highlight of ‘San Juan’ night is around midnight, when all partygoers dive into the sea and make a wish. This is to celebrate the longest day of the year, rinse sins, to cool off and be sober enough to continue the party.