St. John’s Eve

March 18th, 2009

St. John’s Eve is the most important date on the Voodoo calendar. On this night, the Voodoos have always gathered for a great conclave. There is a big altar on the ground with snakes and food in front of it. The queen goes on top of the table and does her unique dance of worship. She then puts a picture on the ground of St. John, signaling the start of the meeting. Everyone present then goes to the ground and knocks on the it three times. This is in representation of faith, hope, and charity. Following this, the Creole dance begins. The Creole dance consists of one man for every two women, and the man switches off to each girl at a systematic time.

After a while of this, the Queen then gives the signal and everyone runs rampant into a body of water nearby. This is where many people have died due to drowning, because they get so excited and are usually quite drunk. Interestingly enough, there were some white men and women that have participated in this event as well. This event traditionally takes place on the evening of June 23rd every year in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Bayou St. John.

(Source: Tallant, Robert. Voodoo in New Orleans. 1994)

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  1. Mike
    June 29th, 2010 at 20:01 | #1

    This is an inaccurate description.

    Visit this youtube video for a better sample of St. John’s Eve celebration in 2008:

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