Today is June 23, St. John’s Eve. A day that we have always highlighted in red in our particular calendar; a day that we looked forward to throughout the year; a day when we got up early after a night almost awake; the day we planted our Bonfire in honor of Mr. San Juan.
However, this June 23 is different, anomalous, different from the previous ones. The Meigas entourage will not, at least in all its splendor, walk the streets of the city; nor will there be the hustle and bustle of other times, coming and going from here to there, attending the morning events. There will be no music bands, or parades. Nor will there be “Noite da Queima” with its bonfires. However, the Meigas will not miss their appointment with this special morning.
They will go to the convent of Santo Domingo, to thank the Virgin of the Rosary, Patroness of La Coruña, to read her prayers and to lay flowers at her feet. Later, in San Andrés, before the image of the Patron Saint, they will sacralize his Fire and, with this gesture, they will light the eternal Bonfire, the one that is born from the hearts, the one that will burn all evil, including this cursed plague coming from China and so on. the ancient rite of the sanjuanero fire will be consummated.
The good times will return and, again, with the permission of Mr. San Juan, this day, like tomorrow, will recover joy, illusion and Las Meigas will return to take to the streets as they have been doing since 1970, as much as some have stubbornly prevented this from happening. We said it, they will leave and the Meigas will still be here, as always.
Our congratulations to the Asociación de Meigas, its President and all the women who make it up and, above all, our most heartfelt congratulations to the Meigas, true protagonists of the San Juan coruñés .
Today, despite everything, it is June 23, St. John’s Eve.