Monday, July 13, 2020

Canada - Orangeman's Day!

Did you read Life with Lynnie (LwL), yesterday?

If you didn't, you may want to read it now.

Why?

Well, yesterday... in Northern Ireland, it was a holiday known as The Twelfth!

That is where some of my family members live, like where my grandmother was born and lived until she came to Canada.

In part of Canada, today can be known as... Orangeman's Day!

Here is a link for an article by timeanddate.com that is entitled, Orangeman's Day in Canadahttps://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/orangemen-day.

Hopefully, you clicked on that link and read that article.  In case you didn't, here is some of what is stated in that article (I copied/pasted):

Orangemen's Day commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, which took place in 1690 outside Drogheda, now in the Republic of Ireland. It is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador on the Monday closest to July 12.

Is Orangemen's Day a Public Holiday?

Orangemen's Day is a public holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

What Do People Do?


Orangemen's Day is generally celebrated by people with a Protestant Irish or Scottish background, particularly those who support the Orange Order. In some areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, particularly Toronto, parades are organized by Lodges of the Orange Order. During these parades, members of the lodges and their families march along a pre-arranged route carrying banners showing the name of the lodge and symbols associated with the Orange Order.

Marching bands often accompany the parades. After the parades, the lodges may organize family celebrations, known as “Times”, which include picnics, communal meals or dancing. Many parades are held on a Saturday close to July 12, but in areas where many people work in the cod fishing industry, Orangemen's Day events may be held during the winter.

It also stated (I copied/pasted):

Symbols


An important symbol of Orangemen's Day is the color orange, which represents the monarchs in the House of Orange in general and William of Orange in particular. This color is seen on collarettes, banners and many other items. During the parades, men usually wear white shirts and gloves under dark suits and orange collarettes. Collarettes are narrow bands of cloth draped around the neck and fastened in front to form a “V” shape on the wearer's chest. They are decorated with symbols that represent the lodge, to which the wearer belongs, and the positions he holds and the awards he has received.

The banners carried during the parades also represent Orangemen's Day and the events in history that inspired the celebrations. In Canada many Orangemen's Day parade banners have an orange or blue background and the name of the lodge they represent. Many include some of the following images:

  • A cross.
  • The Bible.
  • Biblical texts.
  • A crown (representing the British Monarchy).
  • King William of Orange, often seated on a white horse.
  • Water (representing the River Boyne).
  • Red or orange maple leaves (representing Canada).

Many banners may also feature the Union flag or Canada's national flag.

Wow!

To me... it is truly a blessing... that Orangeman's Day is celebrated... here in Canada.  Just as it is... in Northern Ireland!

After all... just as you've read...God is important to everyone celebrating Orangeman's Day!

Of course, God IS important!  And... loves!

Thinking about that, made me think about  John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.".

Amen!  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I am a believer... just as many of my relatives are, also!

After all... as a believer, I have gained salvation and everlasting life by trusting in/believing upon our God's Son... our Lord, Jesus Christ... then repented from sin... and became baptized.

Are you a believer?

If you are, God will truly love you.

Hallelujah!


Until next time...

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