Through Rose Coloured Glasses
This Friday is St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 marks the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint and the day will be celebrated worldwide. Why is it that the date of the death of Ireland’s patron saint is celebrated worldwide? There are many other saints and many other patron saints, but most are celebrated locally and not all over the world. There is something intriguing about the day and all the greenery that happens on March 17.
Five years ago, the southern United States has suffered through an abnormally high number of terrible storms and tornadoes throughout the spring and summer. Those who survived, while fortunate to be alive, lost so much, including their homes or possessions. The world responded with donations and money for much-needed shelter, clothing and food. However, one person, Patty Buillion, found a way to do something different, yet so meaningful.
In last week’s column, I wrote about Family Day. I commented on the importance of spending time with family and of letting family members know how much they mean to you. I wrote that I am fortunate to have people in my life that I love and that I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to tell them what they mean to me.
We are enjoying a long weekend. Family Day is a provincial holiday which was proclaimed in 2007. The intent was two-fold. First, the government of the day granted us a long week-end in February to break up the long spell between New Year’s and Easter. Until 2007, we suffered through that stretch of time without a long week-end. Secondly, it was created to encourage families to spend the day enjoying activities together and to emphasize the importance of family values. Now with stores and businesses open every day of the week, people often have different work schedules causing families to have less time to spend together and far less quality time. Recognizing this, the third Monday in February was set aside as a statuary holiday in Saskatchewan with a focus on encouraging families to spend time together. Family Day is now observed in almost every province in Canada.