|AKA Name||Twelfth, July 12th|
|2024 Date||July 12, 2024|
Orangemen's Day commemorates the victory of King William III, a Protestant, at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. It pays tribute to the religious, political, and social heritage of the Protestants in this region. Orangemen's Day is often associated with the Orange Order, a Protestant fraternal organization that aims to preserve and promote Protestantism.
The Orange Order was established in Ireland in 1795 and expanded to Newfoundland in 1863 with the formation of lodges. With Newfoundland being home to one of the largest Irish Catholic and Protestant populations in Canada, this day holds significance to many Newfoundlanders. The Orange Order played a noteworthy role in the island's social and political life in the 19th and early 20th centuries, shaping the development of the province's institutions, including its education system.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, Orangemen's Day is observed with parades, lodge gatherings, and community events organized by the Orange Order. The parades feature participants in traditional attire, with orange sashes and symbolic regalia, accompanied by music. Orangemen's Day is a public holiday in the province and typically falls on July 12th. When this date falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following Monday, meaning that the celebrations and events take place on the weekend or on the nearest weekday.
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