Yes, the 12th follows the 11th, on our calendar. But, it is a very special day in Northern Ireland, for a very different reason. It's Orangeman's Day, normally called The Glorious Twelfth!
While The Glorious Twelfth can refer to hunting, on The Twelfth Protestant people celebrate The Glorious Revolution in 1688, and the victory of William of Orange at the Battle of Boyne, in 1690. For history buffs, or anyone who would like to read more, make sure you click on those blue links.
The year Gordon and I were in Northern Ireland for the first time, we were fortunate to be there in time to see some of the celebrations. Including the Orange Walk which took place on the 12th that year, near Coleraine.
Being only a few minutes drive from where we were staying, we made our way with family to view the walk. It's really a parade of musical bands and those who are members of the Orange Order from various areas.
We had a wonderful time, seeing all those marching with their colours and flags representing their local groups. The music was wonderful, as well.
Here are a few pics of the parade or march we watched that day:
A sea of people attending the march, or parade near Coleraine July 12, 2000
Marchers wearing their colours
One of the many marching bands
Please forgive me for the horrible scanning of these pics I did. I guess I'll get better with practice! lol
For our picnic lunch with family members, we shared a treat we had never tasted before. Mars bar sandwiches! One of my cousins commented that if it was good enough for the Queen (referring to Queen Elizabeth II), then it was good enough for us!
I must say, although it was a shocking revelation, I must admit the Mars bar sandwich tasted delicious!
The walks or marches are not limited to just July 12th. The good weather brings marching season. And so, walks or marching is done, regularly during marching season, to the glory of God.
This reminds me of another Bible verse. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
To this, all I can say, is... Amen. Amen. AMEN!
Until next time...
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