|Cathedral Saint-Pierre (Calvin preached here)|
Geneva was a center of Protestantism and the Reformation. The St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, the slaughter of several thousand Huguenots (Protestants) in 1572 triggered a fast in Geneva the next year to remember those who were killed.
St. Bartholomew’s Day is the first Thursday in September. Over time, it lost its religious significance. It is now associated with eating plum tarts (yum).** Since this is Switzerland, banks, post offices, shops, restaurants and bars close. However, unlike Thanksgiving, which also falls on a Thursday, you don’t get a four-day weekend. I did some shopping to prepare yesterday. You should take the day off too. I will be. He will be working, remotely.
|The whole ten all lit up at night|
* The people on the wall are Theodore Beza, John Calvin, William Farel and John Knox. On one side are: William the Silent, Gaspard de Coligny and Frederick William of Brandenburg. On the other side are: Roger Williams, Oliver Cromwell and Stephen Bocskay.
**People were supposed to abstain from meat on a day of penitence, and plums happened to be in season.