St. John's Day around the world in 2024

St. John's Day around the world in 2024
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St. John's Day
  Dates of St. John's Day around the world
2025 Various Jun 24
EstoniaTue, Jun 24National Holiday
Italy Jun 24
FlorenceTue, Jun 24Regional Holiday
GenoaTue, Jun 24Regional Holiday
TurinTue, Jun 24Regional Holiday
LithuaniaTue, Jun 24National Holiday
PortugalTue, Jun 24Regional Holiday
Spain Jun 24
CataloniaTue, Jun 24Regional Holiday
ValencianaTue, Jun 24Regional Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Jun 24National Holiday
2024 Various Jun 24
EstoniaMon, Jun 24National Holiday
Italy Jun 24
FlorenceMon, Jun 24Regional Holiday
GenoaMon, Jun 24Regional Holiday
TurinMon, Jun 24Regional Holiday
LithuaniaMon, Jun 24National Holiday
PortugalMon, Jun 24Regional Holiday
Spain Jun 24
CataloniaMon, Jun 24Regional Holiday
ValencianaMon, Jun 24Regional Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jun 24National Holiday
2023 Various Jun 24
EstoniaSat, Jun 24National Holiday
Italy Jun 24
FlorenceSat, Jun 24Regional Holiday
GenoaSat, Jun 24Regional Holiday
TurinSat, Jun 24Regional Holiday
LithuaniaSat, Jun 24National Holiday
PortugalSat, Jun 24Regional Holiday
Spain Jun 24
CataloniaSat, Jun 24Regional Holiday
ValencianaSat, Jun 24Regional Holiday
VenezuelaSat, Jun 24National Holiday
2022 Various Jun 24
EstoniaFri, Jun 24National Holiday
Italy Jun 24
FlorenceFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
GenoaFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
TurinFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
LithuaniaFri, Jun 24National Holiday
PortugalFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
Spain Jun 24
CataloniaFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
GaliciaFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
ValencianaFri, Jun 24Regional Holiday
VenezuelaFri, Jun 24National Holiday
2021 Various Jun 24
EstoniaThu, Jun 24National Holiday
Italy Jun 24
FlorenceThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
GenoaThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
TurinThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
LithuaniaThu, Jun 24National Holiday
PortugalThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
Spain Jun 24
CataloniaThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
ValencianaThu, Jun 24Regional Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Jun 24National Holiday

The feast day of St John the Baptist marking Midsummer. John by tradition was born six months before Jesus.

  Which countries observe St. John's Day in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

When is St. John's Day?

Always celebrated on June 24th, this holiday celebrates the birthday of St. John the Baptist.

In the Gospel of Luke, certain verses imply that John the Baptist was born six months earlier than Jesus. And since it has become a tradition that Jesus was born on December 25th (Christmas Day), Midsummer day, being six months before was taken to be the feast day of St. John the Baptist.

History of St. John's Day

Usually, a saint's feast day is celebrated on the day that the saint died. St. John along with the Virgin Mary are the only two saints whose birthdays are celebrated.

St. John's death (August 29th) is also marked by Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.

The feast day of Saint John the Baptist was a popular feast day in many European countries. One reason for this was that its timing coincided nicely with much older pagan holidays that celebrated the summer solstice. It is still celebrated as a religious feast day in several countries, such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and has echos in other holidays such as the Swiss National Day - a central theme in the celebrations is the lighting of bonfires.

It was thought that the Summer solstice was a time when spirits roamed freely, so bonfires were lit to ward off and protect from the evil spirits. Later on, the solstice was seen as a time when witches or even dragons needed to be kept at bay with a bonfire.

John the Baptist is described in the Gospel of Luke as a relative of Jesus who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus by wading into the water with Jesus from the eastern bank of the river.

John is probably best known for foretelling of the Messiah, which in the New Testament predicted the coming of Jesus.

According to the Gospel of Mark, John is imprisoned by Herod for denouncing Herod's incestuous marriage. John condemned Herod for marrying Herodias (his niece) in violation of Old Testament Law. After Herodias's daughter Salome has danced before Herod, he grants her a favour. Herodias tells her to ask for the head of John the Baptist, which is delivered to her on a plate.

St. John the Baptist is the patron Saint of Turin.

His feast day is also celebrated in Quebec as the Fete Nationale du Quebec.

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