23 June – Vigil of St. John – bonfires and witch burnings, solstices and snails
It is nice to have as your Patron the great Baptist, for I get two feasts a year, his Nativity and his Beheading.
For the Vigil of St. John (today, as I write) in the old Roman Ritual the priest would once bless bonfires!
And in Bavaria, witches are burned! A priest friend who shares my feast sent me a spiffing photo (below – a little hard to see at this size, but I assure you, there is a witch in there).
If you have any unwanted witches (and don’t we all?), send them to Bavaria next year for a nice vacation.