St. John's Eve, St. John the Baptist (June 24)
Nocoj zavriskaj v lepi svet,
utrgaj čarni kresni cvet,
in praprotnih semen natresi
in na mah pod bukev lezi...
Rejoice tonight in nature's room,
and pluck a magic, flaming bloom,
and sow some fern seed under the beech
then lie to the moss in it's crown reach...
(Cvetko Golar, transl. VP)
The celebration of bonfires is on the evening before June 24, when according to the Christian calendar it celebrates the birthday / name day of St. John the Baptist.
The first written source on bonfires in Slovenia dates back to the 13th century.
On the evening of June 23, the night before the feast of St. St. John the Baptist (celebrated on June 24) in many European countries and elsewhere in the world a celebration is held
on one of the largest and most popular folk holidays of the year. In Slovenia, this holiday has been known for centuries as St. John's Eve (Šentjanževo or Janezovo in Slovene).
St. John's Eve is probably the most popular holiday where myths and legends, paganism and Christianity are most intertwined.