March 14th – Summer Day in Albania

March 14th – Summer Day in Albania

March 14th marks the celebration of Summer Day, a national feast that originates from the pagan beliefs of Albanian’s Illyrian ancestors. Legends say that Summer Day is a celebration for the rebirth of nature after the end of the winter season and is also a sign of the rejuvenation of people’s spirit.

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The center of celebrations is Elbasan, a city located in central Albania and well known for the production of the symbol food of Summer Day, a homemade cake named “ballokume”.

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Every year, state institutions, NGOs and businesses organize festivals, exhibitions, handicraft and artisanal fairs, street parties and entertaining / sport activities for people of all ages. Most of the events take place in city centers and main boulevards throughout the country, from 9:00am to 00:00am of the next day. March 14th became an official holiday in Albania in 2004.

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Photo credits: Tirana Municipality

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