Asparagus New Year: What is it? Simply explained

by Flo

Every year, 24 June marks the so-called Asparagus New Year. But what is it and what exactly is celebrated? We’ll tell you in this article.

Traditional asparagus New Year’s Eve

The 24th of June is traditionally St. John’s Day, which is often celebrated with St. John’s bonfires. But the same day is also Asparagus New Year’s Eve.

  • From a biblical perspective, 24 June marks the birth of John the Baptist. He is thus the namesake for this day. According to popular belief, the bonfires lit on the night of 23 to 24 June are supposed to keep disease away, protect livestock and drive away demons.
  • Also, this day is associated with the annual summer solstice – the longest day of the year – on 21 June.
  • For agriculture, 24 June is what is known as a lot day. According to popular belief, its special significance lies in the weather forecast for the coming weeks or its influence on the seasons. Sowing and harvesting are tied to this day.
  • And on this very day is the official end of the asparagus harvest. The “big stabbing” is over and the asparagus plants have time from this day to prepare for the next season.
  • Some farmers think that a later harvest has a lasting negative effect on the plants and thus reduces next year’s harvest. That is why asparagus New Year’s Eve is celebrated on 24 June.

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