Saint John's Eve


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Saint John's Eve


[So called because it is the eve of the feast of the birth of Saint John the Baptist.]
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They reached the strand on Saint John's Eve during the night; and Roque, after embracing Don Quixote and Sancho
The protagonist narrating his own experiences encounters all kinds of slightly eccentric people (the time is Saint John's Eve!), observes and becomes the victim of continuing differences between East and West, with a few commonplace jokes about both being thrown in, and finishes with the - for Germans anyway - obligatory social comment to which the potato, traditionally the poor man's staple food in North Eastern Germany, must lend credibility.
While the ballet Alegrias (which is appropriately subtitled "Divertissement flamenco") renders a picturesque portrait of Spain (though without resorting to the espagnolade), Catalonia's folklore is also present in Soirees de Barcelone (1939), a ballet enacting Catalonia's fire festivals on Saint John's Eve.