Tuesday, June 24, 2008

French Canadian National Holiday

The Fête Nationale des Canadiens Francais (English: French Canadian National Holiday) is an official holiday of the Canadian province of Quebec. Originally, June 24 was a holiday honouring one of the patron saint of French Canadians, St John the Baptist, and in ordinary conversation the day is still often called la Saint-Jean by Quebequois.

The origins of the traditional festivities are more than 2000 years old. Among several European peoples, the summer solstice was the object of pagan celebrations. Fires were lit during the night in this period of the year when the days are longest. The celebration of Saint John the Baptist was a very popular event in the ancien regime of France, and it is celebrated as a religious feast day in several countries. The tradition landed in North America with the first French colonists, the first celebrations of this Christian day in New France took place around 1638.

On this picture you can the the Édifice Price (English: Price Building) is a 18-floor (originally 16) skyscraper in Quebec City. Built in 1930-1931, it is the tallest building in the Old Quebec historical district, and one of the oldest skyscrapers in Canada.

1 comment:

Stéphanie said...

Bonne St.Jean!!!
un peu en retard... mais quand meme.