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Summer Day

National and public holidays in Albania National Holiday in Albania

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When is Summer Day?

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Dates of Summer Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Thursday March 14th
2018 Wednesday March 14th
2017 Tuesday March 14th
2016 Monday March 14th
2015 Saturday March 14th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Dita e Verës
Summary
Signifies the end of winter, the rebirth of nature and a rejuvenation of spirit amongst Albanians

Summer Day (Albanian: Dita e Veres) is an annual public holiday in Albania and is always held on 14 March.

The holiday marks the rebirth of nature following the end of winter.

History of Summer Day

Summer Day is a pagan festival whose observation and traditions originated in the region around Elbasan, in central Albania. On the outskirts of the city, a shrine was built to Zana, the goddess of hunting, forests and nature. The tradition was that Zana would come out of the shrine after her winter hibernation on 14 March.

At the time when the traditions of Summer Day became established, March was the first month of the year. In Romania and some other countries in Eastern Europe, the first day of Spring is celebrated on 1 March. In the sixteenth century, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar added 13 days, moving Summer Day away from 1 March.

Summer Day has been a public holiday in Albania since 2004.

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