Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 24, 2011 09:00 ET

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2011) - I am pleased to extend greetings to everyone celebrating Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

The origin of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day festivities dates back thousands of years, to a time when festivals marking the summer solstice were held in France. Over the centuries, these ancient rituals merged with the celebration of the day honouring the patron saint of French Canadians, giving rise to the parades and pageantry that have become so characteristic of the lively festivities on June 24. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is recognized as the national holiday of Quebeckers. This tradition is also celebrated in Francophone communities right across Canada.

The French fact is an intrinsic part of our country. For me, it is a collective treasure that adds to the richness of our heritage. Whether this occasion sees you standing before a bonfire, revelling at a concert or enjoying the intimate surroundings of your own back garden, I invite you all to proudly lay claim to this most festive inheritance.

I wish you all a wonderful Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day!

David Johnston

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