Saturday June 16th 2012 Tim
Saint John's Feast, refers to John the Baptist's birthday.
Which in the tradition is six months before Christmas, because John was
apparently born exactly six months before Jesus. The day of his birth
is is written into the
calendar as June Twenty Fourth, and there is especial reference to the
evening of June Twenty Third in the same way that Christmas Eve is
In Brazil, Saint John's Feast is all
about lighting fires and making hullabaloo. Because the tradition has it
that Elizabeth, John's mother lit a bonfire to tell her cousin Mary, that
she needed help with a new baby. Mary, was Jesus' mother. And a person
has to wonder what the Ancients would think of it all as it is today. One
thing's for sure, they'd recognize us.