Since the millennia, the night of the summer solstice was reputed as supernatural. In the antiquity, fires with purifying powers, were lit in our provinces ... Over time, these solar practices evolved according to the beliefs and needs of men.
In Languedoc, they were transformed into the rite of Blessing of the harvest, and the cult related to the fire, celebrated around June 24, at the symbolic moment of the summer solstice, would be directly derived from it. In its unrestrained race, the sun is at its peak. The etymology of the word Solstice comes from the Latin Sol "the sun" and stare "evoking the stop", it means the longest day of the year, and of course the shortest night.
In the popular tradition, Saint John's Eve was expiatory. People threw evil creatures into the fire, such as toads or snakes ... but popular beliefs often associated the Feast of Saint John to fairies, elves, and Will-o'-the-Wisps…
"OC SAINT-JOHN" immerses the audience into a poetry and magical show, full of popular beliefs, with the Saint John's herbs, the Rites ... This musical show combines tradition and modernity with Group OC performance in live who plays electronic instruments and old Languedoc ones to keep the secrets of the night of Saint John intact.
Duration : 1h10 - All publics.