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Now the — Catholic or Protestant — think of themselves as a Celtic people. We’ll come back to what that may mean presently. But in addition to the Irish, there are five other peoples that also identify themselves as Celts. They are the , the , the , the , and the s. In many ways, the month of March is THE Celtic Month. March 1 is the feast of the monk , patron saint of Wales and is celebrated as the . His (destroyed at the Reformation) has recently been re-erected and his retrieved relics placed therein. Thus, as at in Glasgow, you may venerate a Catholic saint in a Protestant Church — albeit one we once owned. Welshmen wear either or both and daffodils on this day, and across the globe, their celebrates St. David as do Irishmen in foreign climes St. Patrick. Being far less widespread, of course, they don’t make the same splash as the Irish — but in particular locales from Philadelphia to you will see the waving on the First of March. abound.
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In the Emerald Isle itself, the day was primarily a strictly religious and civic one until about 20 years ago when and some other locales began putting on American style fiestas. Even has a large parade, although this is one occasion upon which both the and the are not seen. Nevertheless, if such Patrician pilgrimage sites such as and are closed awaiting warmer weather, Catholics and Anglicans alike offer rites in St. Patrick’s memory at his grave in , his headquarters at , the , and other places associated with him. If the now-defunct knightly no longer attends services at and waits upon the at his ball in , the current republican authorities still mark the day in a dignified manner. The President attends Mass at , and offers a at . In England, the and the Irish Guards mount parades and celebrative dinners: in the latter case, members of the Royal Family — in days gone by, the Queen Mother, now either or both the Prince of Wales and the attend. This has been the case since long before the and the made their mutual visits of reconciliation.
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