Summer Day in Albania in 2021

Summer Day in Albania in 2021
  How long until Summer Day?
This holiday next takes place in 340 days.
  Dates of Summer Day in Albania
2022 Albania Mon, Mar 14 National Holiday
2021 Mar 14, Mar 15
AlbaniaMon, Mar 15National Holiday (in lieu)
AlbaniaSun, Mar 14National Holiday
2020 Mar 14, Mar 16
AlbaniaMon, Mar 16National Holiday (in lieu)
AlbaniaSat, Mar 14National Holiday
2019 Albania Thu, Mar 14 National Holiday
2018 Albania Wed, Mar 14 National Holiday
  Summary
Signifies the end of winter, the rebirth of nature and a rejuvenation of spirit amongst Albanians
  Local name
Dita e Verës
  Which regions observe Summer Day in 2021?
  AlbaniaMar 14National Holiday
  AlbaniaMar 15National Holiday (in lieu)
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When is Summer Day?

Summer Day (Albanian: Dita e Veres) is an annual public holiday in Albania and is always held on March 14th.

The holiday marks the rebirth of nature following the end of winter.

History of Summer Day

Summer Day is a pagan festival whose observation and traditions originated in the region around Elbasan, in central Albania.

On the outskirts of the city, a shrine was built to Zana, the goddess of hunting, forests, and nature. The tradition was that Zana would come out of the shrine after her winter hibernation on March 14th.

At the time when the traditions of Summer Day became established, March was the first month of the year. In Romania and some other countries in Eastern Europe, the first day of Spring is celebrated on March 14th. In the sixteenth century, the adoption of the Gregorian calendar added 13 days, moving Summer Day away from March 1st.

A traditional food to eat on Summer day is Ballokume, an Albanian biscuit, originating from the city of Elbasan. It is made from cornflour, eggs, sugar, and sugar mixed in a copper bowl.

Summer Day has been a public holiday in Albania since 2004.

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