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Fiesta de San Juan y San Pedro in Segovia

Segovia not only celebrates its patron saint, Saint Frutos, but also other saints whose days fall at the end of June. These are Saint John the Baptist and Saint Peter the Apostle, to whom the Fiestas de San Juan y San Pedro are dedicated, that is, holidays and festivals that last from June 23 to 30. These festivals have their roots in the 15th century and are an opportunity for fun and integration for the residents and guests of Segovia.

The Fiestas de San Juan y San Pedro offer a rich and varied program that will satisfy everyone’s tastes. Here you can find pasacalles, or street parades with the participation of folk groups, who dressed in regional costumes, dance and play traditional instruments, such as dulzaina or tamboril. These parades set out from various districts of the city and head to Plaza Mayor, where concerts and shows take place. On this square, you can also admire an exhibition of handicrafts and regional products, as well as try typical dishes, such as torta de San Andrés, a cake with cheese and honey, or paella popular, rice with vegetables and meat.

On the night of June 23 to 24, on the square in front of the cathedral, one of the most unique events of these festivals takes place, La Gran Noche del Teatro, or The Great Night of Theater. It is a spectacle that starts at midnight and lasts until dawn, and in which actors, dancers, musicians, and poets from Segovia and the surrounding area participate. They perform on the stage, which is set up on the cathedral steps, as well as on the streets and squares around it. This spectacle is always related to some theme or historical or literary figure, and its aim is not only to entertain, but also to educate and criticize. In 2023, the theme of the spectacle was the history of Segovia, and in 2022 – the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes.

Another interesting event of these festivals is the fiesta, which takes place in the hermitage of Juarrillos, in the district of Hontoria. According to legend, on June 24, at sunrise, you can see how the sun rotates around its own axis. This phenomenon is considered a miracle and attracts many curious people. In this hermitage, there is also a painting depicting Saint

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