The movement soon spread to Ontario, the New England states, and even to Chicago and the distant state of Oregon. The cult of John the Baptist began to develop in the first half of the fourth century. By this means the newcomers to the parish made many acquaintances and friends, and were helped to see themselves as having a definite place in the local community. The feast of Saint John the Baptist on June 24 was observed in all of Quebec with religious services, patriotic speeches, parades and floats. The place was fairly empty. Atop each bonfire often an effigy of a witch is placed harking back to the days of witch trials , when real women were burned at the stake. Belithus tells us that it was a custom to carry lighted torches on Midsummer-eve, as an emblem of St.
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Yarrow has been used since ancient times for healing wounds, and its essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Yarrow was also used as a ward against evil, and traditionally it was burned on the eve of St John's Day. Bracken Pteris aquilina is sometimes called "brake" or "female fern". The minute spores of this fern were reputed to confer invisibility on their possessor if gathered at the only time when they were said to be visible, i. In Denmark, the celebration is called sankthans or sankthansaften "St.
It is the day when the medieval wise men and women would gather special herbs that they needed for the rest of the year to cure people. Normally seven types of herbs are left all night to dew in a tub of water. The first version appeared in and was revised around and again in In this last version he added a hauntingly beautiful quiet ending; in which a church bell announces the dawn, and daybreak chases away the evil spirit.
Customarily, in Connaught, Ireland, a special dish called "Goody" was made. This was white 'shop-bread' which had been soaked in hot milk and flavored with sugar and spices. It was usually made in a large pot that was either placed on the communal bonfire or heated on a smaller fire close by. Revelers brought their own spoons and bowls if they wanted to share in the "Goody". At dusk large bonfires are lit all over the country, typically accompanied by communal singing of Midsommervisen by Holger Drachmann.
Atop each bonfire often an effigy of a witch is placed harking back to the days of witch trials , when real women were burned at the stake. The origin of this custom is a Danish folk belief that Saint John's Eve is also the night of a witches' meeting on the Brocken , the highest peak in the Harz Mountains in central Germany. Traditionally, the bonfires were lit to fend off witches, but today - when the witch effigy catches fire - she is said to be "flying away to Brocken", which can be interpreted as helping the witch on her way.
On Saint John's Eve and Saint John's Day, churches arrange Saint John's services and family reunions also occur, which are an occasion for drinking and eating. The feast of St. John the Baptist, is one of the quarter days in England.
Wynkyn de Worde d. It was the custom in Yorkshire for every family who had come to live in the parish within the last year to put a table outside their house, on St. John's Eve, and place on it bread and cheese and beer and offer this to anyone who passed by. Any of the parish might help themselves, and if the fortunes of the family ran to it, would be invited indoors for a further supper and a festive evening.
By this means the newcomers to the parish made many acquaintances and friends, and were helped to see themselves as having a definite place in the local community. On the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, old fishing boats may be burnt in the large pyres set ablaze. It takes place on June 24, on Midsummer day St John's day. Nowadays it is seldom celebrated.
In certain French towns, a tall bonfire is built by the inhabitants in order to be lit on St John's Day. In the Vosges region and in the Southern part of Meurthe-et-Moselle, this huge bonfire is named "chavande". Besides many Midsummernight festivals, the Mainzer Johannisnacht commemorates the person Johannes Gutenberg in his native city since Great fires were lit at night.
According to the Jesuit Relations, the first celebrations of in New France took place around on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River on the evening of June 23, with a bonfire and five cannon shots. The whole month of June was once called Month of St. Ivan until the 19th century. Setting fires is a folklore tradition this night. Girls jumped over it, while boys watched the spectacular.
John June 24 , when the sun follows the highest course, when the nights are the shortest and the days the longest. The practice of venerating St. John the Baptist developed in the Catholic Church during the 5th century, and at this time they put his name and day on June In the Middle Ages it was primarily an ecclesiastical festivity, but from the 16th century on the sources recall it as a folk custom. The most important episode of the custom is the lighting of the fire.
The feast of Saint John the Baptist has been celebrated in Florence from medieval times, and certainly in the Renaissance, with festivals sometimes lasting three days from 21 to 24 June. Such celebrations are held nowadays in Cesena from 21—24 June also with a special street market.
Saint John the Baptist is the patron saint of Genoa, Florence and Turin where a fireworks display takes place during the celebration on the river.
In Turin Saint John's cult is also well-established since medieval times when the city stops work for two days and people from the surrounding areas gather to dance around the bonfire in the central square. In Genoa and coastal Liguria it is traditional to light bonfires on the beaches on Saint John's Eve to remember the fires lit to celebrate the arrival of Saint John's relics to Genoa in Since on the 24th of June a great procession across Genoa carries the relics to the harbour, where the Archbishop blesses the city, the sea, and those who work on it.
In Jersey most of the former midsummer customs are largely ignored nowadays. Traditional folk rituals include groups of young men and women singing ritual songs to each other. The young women may wear crowns fashioned from wild flowers, which are later thrown into a nearby pond or lake. Bonfires and bonfire jumping are also part of the proceedings.
There are St John's street parties in many cities, towns and villages, mainly between the evening on the 23rd and the actual St. John's Day on the 24th of June. This holiday is normally referred to as ' midsummers eve' in Sweden. Originally a pre-Christian tradition, the holiday has during history been influenced by Christian traditions and the celebration of Saint John, but not as much as to it changing name, as in neighbouring Norway and Denmark.
A central symbol nowadays is the 'midsummer pole', a maypole that is risen on the same day as midsummers eve. The pole is a high wooden pole covered in leaves and flowers. Participants dances around the pole and sings songs. It's one of the biggest holidays of the year in Sweden, and with Sweden being a part of the vodka-belt , feasting and getting drunk is common.
After sunset, people travel to a beach or any accessible body of water e. This is done to cleanse the body from bad luck and give good luck for the following year.
In Norway, as elsewhere in Scandinavian countries, this event is celebrated with a communal bonfire. In nynorsk , the event is also known as Jonsok , meaning "wake of Saint John". These may also have their origins in the Scandinavian St John's Eve festivities.
The traditional midsummer party in Spain is the celebration in honour of San Juan  and takes place on the evening of June On the Mediterranean coast, especially in Catalonia and Valencia , special foods, such as Coca de Sant Juan, are also served on this occasion. There is also a large festival in Ciutadella , Menorca, along with many other different cities and towns all across Spain having their own unique traditions associated with the festival. John the Baptist , which marks the Basque Summer Solstice.
In some towns the celebration is supplemented with more festivities and dances. Historically, this date has been venerated in the practice of Louisiana Voodoo. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from St John's Eve. St John's Day Estonia.
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