Posted June 24, 2013
Today is another version of Midsummer celebration—this time bundled into the feast day of John the Baptist. In Quebec, the observation of Saint John-the-Baptist's Day took on a patriotic tone starting in the 1800s. Just as Saint Patrick's Day has come to be a time to celebrate all things Irish, the early promoters of Saint-Jean- Baptiste Day felt that the holiday would rally French Canadians to gather in Quebec and take pride in their language and culture.
Some of the traditions, such as lighting bonfires, came straight out of the Midsummer playbook. Other traditions include parades, fireworks, and musical concerts.
Learn more about Quebec and French Canada.
- Here is a brief history of the settlement of Canada. Knowing the history helps you understand why there are French and English speakers in the country.
- Here is a KidZone website with info about and maps of Quebec.
- Here are some songs in French and English, including “O Canada.”
Also on this date:
Check out my Pinterest pages on June holidays, historical anniversaries in June, and June birthdays.
And here are my Pinterest pages on July holidays, historical anniversaries in July, and July birthdays.