Fête nationale du Québec (Saint Jean Baptiste Day)

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The National Holiday of Quebec (French: La Fête nationale du Québec) is the national holiday[1] of the Canadian province of Quebec. A paid statutory public holiday covered under the Act Respecting Labour Standards[2], it is celebrated annually on June 24, St. John the Baptist Day.[1][3]

In Quebec, the festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and since 1978 are publicly financed and organized by a National Holiday Organizing Committee (Comité organisateur de la fête nationale). June 24 continues to be celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture in other provinces and in the United States.[4][5]

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Origins

The feast day of Saint John the Baptist or Midsummer was a very popular event in the Ancien régime of France, and it is still celebrated as a religious feast day in several countries, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The tradition landed in Canada with the first French colonists. According to the Jesuit Relations, the first celebrations occurred on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River on the evening of June 23, 1636 with a bonfire and five cannon shots.[6]

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

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