Summer Day in Albania in 2020

Summer Day in Albania in 2020
  How long until Summer Day?
This holiday next takes place in 237 days.
  Dates of Summer Day in Albania
2021Albania Sun, Mar 14National Holiday
2020Albania Sat, Mar 14National Holiday
2019Albania Thu, Mar 14National Holiday
2018Albania Wed, Mar 14National Holiday
2017Albania Tue, Mar 14National Holiday
  Summary
Signifies the end of winter, the rebirth of nature and a rejuvenation of spirit amongst Albanians
  Local name
Dita e Verës
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When is Summer Day?

Summer Day (Albanian: Dita e Veres) is an annual public holiday in Albania and is always held on 14th 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 1st March. In the sixteenth century, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar added 13 days, moving Summer Day away from 1st March.

A traditional food to eat on Summer day is Ballokume, an Albanian biscuit, originating from the city of Elbasan. It is made from cornflour, eggs, sugar, and sugar mixed in a copper bowl.

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

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