Now here’s a fascinating notion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39682388
Labour, not a party associated with religious incarnations has proposed four new public holidays. Each of these are a the ‘national day’ of the four principal ‘nations’ in the British Isles. Each holiday is based on the Christian Patron Saint.
1st Match: Wales St. David
17th March: Ireland St. Patrick
23rd April: England St. George
30th November: Scotland St. Andrew.
Of course it can be argued that in this day and age no one actually celebrates them as the relevant Saint’s Day and that these are simply the convenient focus of an identity and to be celebrated as such. As Mr. Corbyn rightly says “the move would celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations”. Fair enough
However you just have to love the juxtaposition of the irony. Labour and Religion.
(It’s also quite a cool move, the traditionalists of the Conservative Party could hardly argue against traditional values)
Ah, where would they all be without the occasional nod to Religion:
Now if we could work in public holidays around Jewish, Islamic and Hindu festivals of celebration, we’d be getting somewhere!