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St. Stephen's Day (Ireland)

On this day in c. 35, St. Stephen became the first Christian martyr. He was denounced as a blasphemer by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council in ancient Palestine, and stoned to death. In many countries, St. Stephen's Day is celebrated as an extra Christmas holiday. In Ireland, boys with blackened faces carrying a paper wren go about begging and "hunting the wren." The hunting of the wren is most likely a carryover from an old belief that the robin, symbolizing the New Year, killed the wren, symbolizing the Old, at the turning of the year. More...
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St. Stephen's Day (Ireland)
On this day in c. 35, St. Stephen became the first Christian martyr. He was denounced as a blasphemer by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council in ancient Palestine, and stoned to death. In many countries, St. Stephen's Day is celebrated as an extra Christmas holiday. In Ireland, boys with blackened faces carrying a paper wren go about begging and "hunting the wren." The hunting of the wren is most likely a carryover from an old belief that the robin, symbolizing the New Year, killed the wren, symbolizing the Old, at the turning of the year.
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Reminiscent of Stephen Dedalus and James Joyce.
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St. Stephan's Day

with my pleasure
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St. Stephen's Day
One of the firsts Commemorative Feast Days in the Yule Tide along with Christmas Eve.
I like to share my impressions regards this date and the following two (27 and 28) that commemorate St. John's Day and The Holy Innocent's Day respectively. Those feast days leading millions of people, especially Catholic and Orthodox member to celebrate two interesting events.
St. Stephen was a man about who there is little information, mostly from Bible fount and few historic documentation. Nonetheless, his deeds are being remembered and his position has been admired by a myriad of Christians across the world. His courage in putting himself as an unfitting person for that time, and by opening his mouth to declare such a great message are a great demonstration of resilience and boldness.
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