PhD Candidate Marc-André Gagnon in Le Devoir on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
In a feature article in Montreal's Le Devoir, PhD student Marc-André Gagnon talks about la Fête St-Jean-Baptiste, also known as the Fête Nationale. The event is celebrated on June 24 thoughout French Canada, with particularly large celebrations in the province of Quebec, and has become the national holiday for French-speaking Canadians. Gagnon discusses the origins and evolution of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and the various forms of meaning people have ascribed to a holiday that currently has strong overtones of separatism in Quebec, but which has always been politicized as a day of affirmation of French-Canadian culture.
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