The Making of Hogueras

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras: enormous and detailed art structures are built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Each part of the piece symbolizes a meaningful aspect of the city. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from all bad.

May 31, 2011. Alicante, Spain. Federico Molinero Sandoval works on a part of the 72 foot (two story high) hoguera. Him, his partner Pedro Abad Marco, and the rest of the team have been working on the structure since October 2010.

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