Mounting of La Tierra Prometida

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 are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. 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 negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante.

Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The crowd in City Hall stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo Ramos stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. Rafa Gomez Fonseca hugs his brother after the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

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