Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste

In the shower this morning I was thinking back over yesterday’s parade and there’s a reflexive post script to add. It was a long shower, I also thought about Brexit, but we may leave that for another time. Québec’s Fête Nationale started life as a very religious holiday. In France midsummer festivals and the feast day for John the Baptist were combined. As the patron saint of Québec, St John’s day became a day of national pride in this very Catholic province. It’s only in recent times that religion has faded from the parade program, and national Québec history and tradition, a strong and proud identity has come to prominence. And even the day’s name changed from the Feast of St John to Québec National Day. 

Author: Wendy's Out of Station

I write as a way of processing and reflecting on experience, and as a way of sharing that experience. When I travel I used to write email journals back to friends, family, anyone who’d read and risk immersing themselves in my reality for a while: writing for them was a way of writing for me. Borrowing from Graham Greene in a flip of Travels with my Aunt, I imagined writing letters to my nieces, as their travelling aunt. Crafting the sentences became a way of extruding the experience, giving it birth, drawing its meaning from my soul, nurturing it into something tangible with a life of its own. The aim of my blog is to open the world to my thought-children, to let them out of the safety of my friends and family and let them experience the world. And in the process I get the honour of taking a larger group with me when I’m wandering around India and beyond, or just reflecting on parallel truths, thinking thoughts that take me to new places new beginnings. Please journey with me

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