Today marks the 180th edition of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec.
Early French colonists introduced to North America the tradition of celebrating the summer solstice around the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. The patriotic tone of the Saint- Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations began in 1834. Earlier that year, Ludger Duvernay, an influential journalist, had visited the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montreal and was inspired to create a similar event for French Canadians.
Since 1908, St. John the Baptist has been the patron saint of Quebec.
Joyeuse Fête de la Saint-Jean!