St. John's Eve at International House

01:00 January 01, 1970
By: Staff

St. John's Eve, or the Fridsay before of the birth of St. John the Baptist, June 19 is a time-honored Vodou tradition. This sacred event is married with the Summer Solstice or the longest day of the year. The Voodoo tradition that originated in the Caribbean has flourished in the French-influenced New Orleans neighborhoods. Modern Voodoo represents the mixture of Roman Catholicism, Hatian Vodou and West African Animism. A local trademark, "Voodoo Queen" Priestess Marie Catherine Laveau, choose St. John the Baptist as one of her personal icons, honoring him each year on this day. The traditional ceremonial celebration requires participants to wear casual white and is conferred by the head-washing. This year Laveau's modern-day protege, Priestess Sallie Ann Glassman, will honor Laveau's legacy and St. John's Eve at the International House. The event will take place on June 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, guests are requested to wear white. There will be a head-washing, a twist on a traditional ceremony including a unique elixir concocted especially for this event, "St. John's Way." This elixer was prepared by "Spirit Handler," Alan Walter and "includes: Aguardiente (“firewater”), Genapi, (flavored with Wormwood blossoms), Kümmel (infused with Caraway), Spanish Moss, Jasmine, Sweet Olive and other herbs." Walter says: “This elixir underscores the role of cocktails in New Orleans, ever-present in life’s epiphany moments.” This elixir will be available for purchase, in addition to other cocktails that will be available at the event. It is asked that in the spirit of St. John's Even, guests "bring offerings for Marie of blue and white candles or flowers, hair ribbons, brushes or barrettes and Creole foods, and take a white scarf as a symbol of spiritual rejuvenation and reminder that we are all spiritual beings on a human journey."

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