Dita e Veres - Day of Summer


Every year on March 14, the people of Albania celebrate Dita e Verës—translated as "The day of summer", the country's largest pagan festival. It is intended to celebrate the end of winter, the rebirth of nature, and a rejuvenation of spirit among the Albanians. 

Although the center of this festival is around Shkumbin region in Elbasan, the festival is widely celebrated in Tirana and as far afield as the Arberesh colonies in Italy. In 2004, Summer Day became an official holiday in Albania.

The traditional sweet for this day is Ballokume .