Saturday, June 16, 2012
John the Baptist
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 born exactly six months before Jesus. The day of his birth 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 precious.
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.