John the Baptist is a messianic figure described in all four canonical Gospels. He foretold the coming of Jesus Christ thus John the Baptist is commonly referred to as the forerunner or precursor of Jesus. He also baptized Jesus in the River of Jordan.
The feast day of Saint John the Baptist is one of the very few feasts of saints in Christianity that commemorates the anniversary of birth of the saint being honored, as the majority of such holidays commemorate the anniversary of death. It comes three months after the feast of Annunciation and six months before the feast of Christmas.
The Nativity of St John the Baptist is also strongly associated with the celebrations of summer solstice commonly referred to as Midsummer. It is a public holiday in Baltic countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) and a bank holiday in Andorra.
In Spain, St John's Day is an official holiday in the autonomous community of Catalonia. It is also considered the national holiday of Quebec because John the Baptist is the patron saint of this Canadian province.Remind me with Google Calendar
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