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Orangemen’s day may not be as popular in the southern portions of the UK; however, for our neighbours in Northern Ireland, it is an important holiday that many people celebrate. For many years it represented the battle between religions but now it is has come to be recognized as a hard fought battle which actually had Protestants and Catholics fighting on both sides of the battle. For the people of Northern Ireland as well as those who celebrate this battle closer to home here in England, sky lanterns could be the newest part of the traditional celebration.

Origins of Orangemen’s Day

Also known as Glorious Twelfth, it is a bank holiday for some regions. The celebration is of the July 1, 1690 battle between the armies of Scotland’s King James VII and England and Ireland’s King James II and those who supported them versus Prince William of Orange on the other. In this battle, Prince William handily defeated the forces of these two kings and in the process became King William III. The battle was fought near Dorgheda on the East Coast of Ireland. The date of the 12th of July to celebrate was chosen after the change from the Julian to Gregorian calendar so the celebration occurred on the day it originally happened, as there are about 12 days difference between Julian and Gregorian calendar days.

Today’s Celebration

The traditional celebration of Orangemen’s day includes marches and other festivities. Lodges march in their local towns often wearing dark suits, black bowler hats and white gloves as well as collarettes. These colarettes are typically orange cloth, however other colours are worn as well, depending on the area and the lodge. Many lodges will fly flags as well, including the Union Jack as well as Scottish and Orange order flags as well.

Celebrate Orangmen’s Day Anywhere with Sky Lanterns

While these festivities are popular in Northern Ireland, the battle is not a bank holiday in England or Scotland. With this in mind, there is no reason to not celebrate. Marching up and down the square may not be the best idea but flying a floating lantern into the sky bearing the Union Jack or even the Orange order would be wholly appropriate and easy to do. Our White Eco Lanterns are a perfect medium for artwork and can be drawn on in permanent marker to make a Union Flag or Orange Order flag float away in the sky, day or night. Alternately, float up some floating lanterns in a beautiful orange colour with an order of our orange Eco Lanterns, available on the Mixed Colour Eco Lantern page. With either of these choices, you get five lanterns that are completely biodegradable, ensuring wherever they land they do not impact the land or any animals that happen to be in the area. These Chinese lanterns are made with no wires and a fuel cell which will keep it aloft for fifteen minutes or longer.

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