This is what happens when you celebrate St-Jean Baptiste on June 24 if you are a French Canadian!!! The origin of the celebration dates back to the early 1600's when Frenchmen in Canada made a big fire outside to celebrate the summer solstice. It stayed with us since then... Nobody works on the 24th, hey! even Walmart is closed, if you can believe this! School is out, people are in a good mood with summer barely starting, family members gather together for some good food and great vibrations, we all stay out all day, swimming, eating and drinking again, taking a nap to be ready for more food at night, getting the firecrackers ready and the BIG boundfire started for a long and beautiful night. St-Jean Baptiste, here in Quebec, is a feel-good celebration of French still alive and doing very well in North America. It is a time when fiddlers get their violons out, folk singers chant their long-ago written lyrics about tough times spent in the woods chopping trees to bring back some money in spring to the big families that had newly arrived on virgin land. It is about a language that has survived a sure-enough death despite everything... It is about my roots, my family, my love of my province of Quebec... VIVE LE QUÉBEC !!!