866. Fiesta di San Juan

We were rattled and are currently recovering from too much rain in much of the northern Caribbean and US East… (I’m on Sandy Day #4 of no power and very thankful to good friends for putting me up)…

Ironically, I can’t help but remember the numerous times we’d beg and pray for rain in dry, arid Curaçao…

Photo by Lionel Anthony.

The Fiesta di San Juan was imported from our little sister, Bonaire, and we celebrate it every year on the eve of the birthday of San Juan Bautista / St. John’s Eve on June 23rd. (Fiesta di San Juan coincides with summer solstice, e.g. mid-summer)

We congregate at the Club Union Boneriano in Suffisant for dancing (and lots of drinking) — and await the start of the bonfire (St. John’s Fire) at around 11:30pm.

The bonfire “requests” rain… LOTS of rain… for a good harvest. We take turns to leap over the bonfire to “kore ku fuku” (chase away bad vibes / omens [to bring in rain – prosperity])… Mind you, these amateur jumps lead to hilarious (and embarrassing!) accidents given the prior drinking…

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in and love Manhattan, but sometimes miss my first Awesome island...

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